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Resuscitating The Parrot [Nov. 20th, 2013|11:41 am]
Tony Grist
Radio 4 had the bright idea of sitting some contemporary six formers down in front of the dead parrot sketch. None of them found it particularly funny. It was slow, silly, not their style. That's the trouble with cutting edge humour; It goes blunt very quickly. Funny things are only funny in context. John Cleese doing a silly walk in a bowler hat depended on there still being bowler hats to be seen on the streets of London. They're gone now and the joke dies along with the cultural signifier.

Python was very wonderful and important in its time. I loved it. But I'm not remotely interested in getting tickets for the reunion- or at laughing at the memory of a laugh. I gather John Cleese isn't as rich as he thinks he ought to be- though I bet he's richer than anyone who lives round here. 

[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2013-11-21 08:42 am (UTC)
Four divorces with settlements have got Cleese nervous (but then he should really stop marrying blondes so many years younger - they're certainly not after him for his charm). Personally I still like the parrot sketch.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-11-21 10:18 am (UTC)
Comedians tend to be damaged and insufferable human beings. I suggest Cleese is a case in point.
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