But in increasingly frequent appearances Mr. Pilkington became the show’s breakout star, with his off-the-cuff, inexplicable responses to Mr. Gervais and Mr. Merchant’s discussions (which, for reasons known only to the participants, often address the animal kingdom). “He thinks a sea lion is a cross between a fish and a dog,” Mr. Gervais said incredulously.
While discussing a newspaper article about an adolescent chimpanzee feuding with its parent, Mr. Gervais said: “Karl went, ‘What was the argument about?’ What was the argument about? Really? Now no one else would ask that.”