Exclusive Clip From The New Season Of 'The Ricky Gervais Show' On HBO (VIDEO)

Normally Ricky Gervais is here to make you laugh, but today he comes to you with a serious charity appeal. Sort of.

In this exclusive clip from the new season of "The Ricky Gervais Show" on HBO, a somber Gervais asks you to imagine how hard it is to be born with a "spongey, chimp-like brain" causing you to think things like "a seal is a cross between a fish and a dog."

He's talking, of course, about Karl Pilkington, the butt of many of the jokes that go on between Gervais and partner Stephen Merchant on their very funny podcast-turned-animated-series.

Watch the rest of the clip to see what Gervais, Pilkington and Merchant have in store for 2011. The new season of "The Ricky Gervais Show" premieres Jan. 14 on HBO.