Karl Pilkington (born 23 September 1972) is an English television personality, comedian, actor, author, and former radio producer. He gained prominence as the producer of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's radio program on XFM. He appeared on The Ricky Gervais Show, presented the Sky travel series An Idiot Abroad, and made his acting debut on Gervais' 2012 comedy-drama series Derek. Pilkington founded Rounded Production, a television production company that co-produced Comedy Lab: 'Karl Pilkington: Satisfied Fool' with Baby Cow Productions. Pilkington also co-founded RiSK, a television production company with his former radio show colleagues Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. Karl Pilkington was born and grew up in Trafford, Greater Manchester.