- Feb 8, 2023
“You are a hideous orangutan”
Fawlty Towers. Iconic. As unlikley to return as Pink Floyd, right? Must be true - Cleese has said so many times over the years. As he said, Shakespeare only gave us 2 1/2 hours of Macbeth but he gave us 6 hours of Basil.
Fawlty Towers: John Cleese to revive series with daughter CamillaJohn Cleese will write and star in the revival alongside his daughter Camilla Cleese.www.bbc.co.uk
Brilliant idea? Or unwise to mess with a legend?
Actually it's not Little Britain that's the problem so much as it's successor, Come Fly With Me. Matt Lucas played my two favorite characters, Jamaican coffee seller Precious & Taaj, where Lucas totally nailed that unusual Pakistani/Bradford accent. I remember watching it & thinking "Oh is it now OK again for white actors to play blackface characters?". But he played these characters with real affection & accurate accents.
Then, a couple of years ago, people who clearly didn't watch it first time round, decided it was racist & it's been taken off streaming services. I wonder about this. Is this the sort of sketch that two white racists would make?
"I prefer English food, ya get me, like pizza or Chinese"
Cleese has become a toffee-nosed old Brit, strangling mad over the way the world has changed, “tediously obsessed with cancel culture,” (BBC), and risibly self-important, apparently demanding respect for his deeply important work as the Minister of Silly Walks. As brilliant as Fawlty Towers was, it should not be revived. Cleese would like to imagine that the series sprung fully-formed from his brow, but I think Connie had something to do with the writing.
Speaking of funny Brits, has anybody watched the first season of “Cunk on Earth”?
That thing is hilarious. I’d like to find a streamer running her earlier series.Speaking of funny Brits, has anybody watched the first season of “Cunk on Earth”?
Led Zeppelin never existed after BonzoHmm?
Problem is, the things that made Fawlty Towers funny are considered "offensive" today. Take them away and what's left?
Led Zeppelin were never the same without Bonzo...