The Ricky Gervais Podcast is a comedy audio show that stars Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. The audio originally started in 2001 on the Xfm radio station and played weekly slots up until 2005. It was then that the Guardian Unlimited offered the Ricky Gervais Podcast as a 12 show series. The Ricky Gervais Podcast quickly became the number one podcast in the world and broke all records as the most downloadable podcast ever. Ricky Gervais became known as the “Podfather” but many would argue that the main star of the show was Karl Pilkington. The combination of all three men resulted in the podcast being downloaded over 300 million times by 2011.
After the successful first series of The Office had been broadcasted, Gervais and Merchant returned back to Xfm radio station in 2001. Karl Pilkington worked on the show as the producer but over the years became more and more involved. By 2003, Gervais and Merchant would oust Pilkington out of his office and probe him on his views and personal life which brought huge amounts of laughter to the show. The radio show mustered up great numbers of listeners each week and it was evident that conversations between the three men were very amusing and popular.