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John Cleese riffs with TV critics: And now for something completely funny

John Cleese riffs with TV critics: And now for something completely funny
27 Jul
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BEVERLY HILLS, California — 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.”

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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’s 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. 

Source: https://www.wsoctv.com/living/john-cleese-riffs-with-tv-critics-and-now-for-something-completely-funny/799209868

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