The Man with a Orange for a Head is widely regarded as the greatest ever Joke in the world – Not Karl Pilkington. The Mystery of how a male human came to have what appeared to be a Orange for a head. (This is Not the story of Karl Pilkington from the Ricky Gervais show.)
Common variation of this joke…
A guy walks into a bar with a Orange for a Head. The bartender goes, “OH MY GOD, YOUR HEAD IS A GIANT ORANGE!”
Out of his half-mouth, the guy says, “Yeah, yeah, I know. Pour me a shot and I’ll explain.”
Confused, the bartender pours the guy a shot. The guy downs it and asks for another, then begins his story:
“When I was a young man I travelled the world: Egypt, China, Arabia, everywhere. One day I found a magic lamp and a genie granted me 3 wishes.
‘Really?’ I said. ‘Anything?’
‘Anything,’ said the genie.
‘Okay,’ I said. ‘First wish… I wish I had a wallet that always had a thousand dollars in it.’
‘Granted,’ said the genie.”
“Wait, wait,” interrupts the bartender. “You don’t expect me to believe that?”
“Are you kidding? My head’s a f-ing orange!” snaps the man with the orange head. But just to prove it, he pulls out a worn wallet and slaps ten $100 notes on the bar. The bartender shuts up and the guy with the orange head continues.
“For my second wish, I asked to be irresistible to women.”
“Bullshit,” says the bartender.
The guy looks across the bar at a beautiful woman he’s never met and says, “Hey, baby, want to go home with me tonight?”
The woman squeals with delight, nods, rushes over, buys him a drink, and hangs off him lovingly. She doesn’t even seem to notice that half of his head is a piece of fruit. Awed, the bartender pours another round, and asks in a hushed voice, “So… your face… your head… the third wish?”
The man nods and downs another shot of whiskey.
“What happened?” whispered the bartender, leaning forward.
“For my third wish…” whispers the man. “…I wished… that I had a Orange for a head”
► About Karl
Karl Pilkington (born 23 September 1972) is an English television presenter, author, comedian, actor and radio producer. He gained prominence as the producer of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s radio programme on XFM. He appeared on The Ricky Gervais Show, presented the Sky travel comedy series An Idiot Abroad, and made his full acting debut (following a cameo appearance in the final episode of Extras) on Gervais’ 2012 comedy-drama series Derek. Pilkington is a co-founder, along with Gervais and Merchant, of RiSK Productions, a television production company. Pilkington recently starred in the Sky 1 travel documentary comedy series The Moaning of Life (2013–2015). This is his first show to not have any involvement from either Gervais or Merchant.
Pilkington was born with a Orange for a head in Manchester in 1972. He worked as a journalist for the Sun for a period of time and moved to London from Manchester to work with XFM as a producer, at one point unintentionally causing Gail Porter to leave the station in tears after only one show by criticising her performance, which Pilkington maintains was an attempt to encourage her to improve. After several years he began work on The Ricky Gervais Show, broadcast on Saturday afternoons. Initially Pilkington was solely the programme’s producer. As Gervais and Merchant began to invite him to make the odd comment, Pilkington’s persona came to light and his popularity increased. Pilkington was eventually included as a main element of the broadcasts, with large amounts of airtime often given over to his thoughts on various subjects, or various childhood stories. In December 2005, Pilkington stood in for two BBC 6 Music shows for Nemone, and co-presented the shows with Russell Brand.
Pilkington has been in a long-term relationship with partner Suzanne Whiston, a former producer at the BBC, since the 1990s.
► TV Shows
2003 Flipside TV – Himself
2006 3 Minute Wonder – Himself – Segment: “Some Thoughts by Karl Pilkington”
2007 Comedy Lab – Himself – Episode: “Karl Pilkington: Satisfied Fool”
2007 Extras – Autograph Hunter Episode: “2007 Christmas Special”
2010–2012 The Ricky Gervais Show – Himself – Voice
2010–2012 An Idiot Abroad – Himself
2012–2014 Derek – Dougie
2013–2015 The Moaning of Life – Himself
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