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The Meaning of Funny: At the TCA, John Cleese Is at the Top of His Game

Jul 26, 2018  •  Post A Comment

“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,” reports Bill Keveney in a piece posted on the USA Today website.

The story continues, “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.”

Here’s a sample:

Cleese, 78, was asked by a reporter “for his greatest professional and personal accomplishment,” the story says. Cleese answered,  “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.”

Later, Cleese was asked where he thought his humor came from. Without hesitation he answered, “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.”

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