Karl Pilkington (The Ricky Gervais Show, Derek) traveled the world at the urging of famous pals Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant for the documentary series An Idiot Abroad (2010-2012), Now, sans pushy friends, he’s set to star in a six-part sitcom Sick of It, which he also created, reports NME.
Pilkington plays a fictionalized version of himself, and the voice in his head, who we see as an actual person and goes by the name of Inner Self. The series follows Karl, who having split up with his girlfriend ten months prior, ends up moving in with his auntie (Sondra James). His closest confidant is his alter ego, who no one else can see.
If it’s hard to wrap your mind around how this works, then take a look at this laugh out loud, slightly NSFW, trailer over at YouTube.
Pilkington talked about the show’s concept with RadioTimes, saying, “For most people the inner self is there to help make decisions, but mine mainly confuses me and pushes me in the wrong direction.”
Also, he did the math on playing two roles: “I’d say that doing this series was inner self’s idea. I’ve only just realized that I’m playing myself twice but only being paid once. Like I say, my inner self doesn’t really look out for me.”
Seriously, Pilkington’s inner self, you need to negotiate better!
Sick of It will premiere on Sky One in the U.K. There’s no mention of a U.S. release… but we hope it turns up sooner rather than later.
We’ve seen Pilkington take on roles like Dougie in Derek (2012-2014), and he co-created The Ricky Gervais Show (2010-2012) with Gervais and Merchant, but this is the first sitcom he’s written on his own.
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