I don't know if anyone else out there is still listening to the Ricky Gervais podcast every week, now that you have to pay for it -- but I am, and I want to point out two moments this week that seem to be the best evidence yet that Karl is a fictional character
. (Obviously I'm not the first person to think so
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First, after a elaborate discussion about the plight of a plane-crash survivor, Karl commented that he wouldn't be bored in such a situation because "he'd have a lot of insects to watch" (an apparent reference to Karl's bizarre obsession with bugs this season). You can detect just a hint of irony in Karl's voice as he says this, and even possibly a very small laugh as he finishes his sentence.
Then at the end of the show Karl essentially breaks character entirely, making another comment requiring a capacity for ironic self-awareness that Karl (as he is normally presented) just isn't capable of:
GERVAIS: I hope you've enjoyed this half hour of drivel, I mean, some of the most stupid things ever said. It's like he's got contempt, now, for the world, like he doesn't care what comes out of his head.
KARL: Learning can be frustrating, can't it? Maybe I'm getting you thinking. Maybe on your way home today you'll going, 'Hmm, octopus with two heads.' And if you do that for five seconds, I've done my job.
GERVAIS: Good to have a job, isn't it?