Saturday, January 24, 2009

Think About John Cleese

Think about John Cleese in Monty Python's Flying Circus. His brilliant writing and performing set the gold standard for sketch comedy. The Hungarian at the Tobacconist's, the Ministry of Silly Walks, the Dead Parrot, the Cheese Shop - still memorized by college students forty years later.

Think about John Cleese in Fawlty Towers. After thirty years, it's still hailed as perhaps the greatest situation comedy ever produced. Basil Fawlty's absolute incompetence in dealing with the world around him made us laugh and, maybe, made us feel better about our own lack of grace.

Think about John Cleese on the big screen. A Fish Called Wanda, Fierce Creatures, Clockwise, Splitting Heirs. Academy Award, BAFTA, and Writer's Guild Award nominations.

Think about what John Cleese's new girlfriend said to the Daily Mail: "You know, they're normally saggy down there, but he really has a nice package."

Now, try not to think about John Cleese's wang.

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