BEVERLY HILLS, California¬†‚ÄĒ If Britbox’s new comedy, “Hold the Sunset,”¬†is half as funny as star John Cleese, the British streaming-service series should do just fine.
Cleese, known for being part of Monty Python, “A Fish Called Wanda”¬†and other hilarious performances, delighted TV critics at the summer Television Critics Association press tour¬†via satellite¬†during a short presentation for “Sunset,”¬†in which his character’s hopes for marriage are¬†interrupted when his new fiancee’s¬†middle-aged son moves back into his mother’s home.
Cleese explained the significance of the role in the comedy, which has no announced premiere date on the BBC-ITV¬†streaming service: “For the first time in my life, I’m playing myself. My wife said it’s the first time that she’s ever seen me on screen and recognized me because I just sit there making sarcy remarks.”
Then, Cleese had fun, batting back¬†reporters’ questions with brilliant comedic ease.
One asked if there was something to another comedian’s theory that every funny person is 6-foot-5, as Cleese is. He responded: “Yes, this is true. The very best comedians are very tall. There’s no doubt about it.”
Another asked for his greatest professional and personal accomplishment: “My greatest professional accomplishment will be a movie I’m writing now. It’s a light comedy about cannibalism called ‘Yummy.’ My greatest personal accomplishment is to have established a really good relationship with our cats.”¬†
And, the piece de la resistance: Where do you think your humor comes from? Cleese: “It comes¬†from a little man in Cardiff. He‚Äôs just wonderfully funny. I read the postcards and¬†do pretty much what he tells me. He told me recently they’re not his ideas. He gets his ideas from (a)¬†lady in Swinton who refuses to say where she gets her ideas.”
And that should answer¬†that.¬†