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(Telegraph)   John Cleese: the golden age of comedy is dead, ceased to be, expired and gone to meet its maker, stiff, bereft of life, off the twig, kicked the bucket, shuffled off its mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisible   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 98
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2013-11-05 09:12:15 AM  
What ever you do, don't mention the war.
 
2013-11-05 09:19:26 AM  
cleese, once brilliant, is just a bitter, angry old man these days.
 
2013-11-05 09:24:46 AM  
John-John-John! Just because we boomers are sunsetting doesn't mean culture is dying along with us.

Carry on, yukster youth! We don't get your punchlines but we'll laugh along with the crowd.
 
2013-11-05 09:26:12 AM  
It's not dead yet. ... It's feeling better.
 
2013-11-05 09:27:18 AM  

FlashHarry: cleese, once brilliant, is just a bitter, angry old man these days.


Yeah, I just don't see his point.

But to be fair, with his tortured marital history he has the right to be bitter and angry.
 
2013-11-05 09:32:08 AM  
I thought John Cleese died and was really sad for a second
 
2013-11-05 09:35:07 AM  

Bareefer Obonghit: I thought John Cleese died and was really sad for a second


You're not alone.
 
2013-11-05 09:36:30 AM  
however, he's right about one thing - the goon show was farking hilarious.
 
2013-11-05 09:41:32 AM  

Bareefer Obonghit: I thought John Cleese died and was really sad for a second

 
2013-11-05 09:43:06 AM  
What exactly was funny about the dead bird sketch? Does it require you to be British to get it?
 
2013-11-05 09:45:42 AM  
And now ... the larch.
 
2013-11-05 09:57:31 AM  
It was the Salmon Mousse!
 
2013-11-05 09:57:59 AM  
A Sale of Two Titties!
 
2013-11-05 09:58:33 AM  
It is an ex-age!
 
2013-11-05 10:00:06 AM  
I'm reading this entire thread in John Cleese's voice.
 
2013-11-05 10:00:33 AM  
But what about the Golden Age of Ballooning?!
 
2013-11-05 10:05:53 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: Bareefer Obonghit: I thought John Cleese died and was really sad for a second

You're not alone.


Thirded... Dammit subby, your headline scared the fark out of me.
 
2013-11-05 10:06:57 AM  
I REALLY miss the days of men in dresses talking in funny voices and hitting each other. That's comedy gold, right there. I mean, Cleese is such a master that he kept the same exact plot and joke going for two whole seasons and it never got old at all.  Damn these modern kids with their character-derived humor and their absurdism and their desire to have viewers pay attention for longer than two minutes.
 
2013-11-05 10:07:50 AM  
I hear that it is just shagged out after a prolonged squack but maybe  that is just me.
 
2013-11-05 10:08:21 AM  

gilgigamesh: FlashHarry: cleese, once brilliant, is just a bitter, angry old man these days.

Yeah, I just don't see his point.

But to be fair, with his tortured marital history he has the right to be bitter and angry.


Yea, if he only had some choice in those matters.  What's that crazy/hot thing?
 
2013-11-05 10:09:23 AM  
It's because he's not meta. You have to totally live in the meta.

/dude. so not meta.
 
2013-11-05 10:10:02 AM  
www.globalnerdy.com
 
2013-11-05 10:11:45 AM  

FlashHarry: however, he's right about one thing - the goon show was farking hilarious.


Sapristi nyarkos!

There's a website where one can download a Goon Show eoisode each month. Granted, some sound as if they were recorded off the air using Fifties' home recording tech, but still - Goon Shows for free!
 
2013-11-05 10:16:01 AM  
Am I the only one that thinks Monty Python - and most British humor - is completely unfunny?
 
2013-11-05 10:16:52 AM  

You Are All Sheep: gilgigamesh: FlashHarry: cleese, once brilliant, is just a bitter, angry old man these days.

Yeah, I just don't see his point.

But to be fair, with his tortured marital history he has the right to be bitter and angry.

Yea, if he only had some choice in those matters.  What's that crazy/hot thing?


Of course he had choices. If I beat up on another man for letting his dick make poor choices on the crazy/hot scale, I'd be a horrible hypocrite. I'm just saying I empathize.
 
2013-11-05 10:18:20 AM  

ShadyIce: Am I the only one that thinks Monty Python - and most British humor - is completely unfunny?


Yes.

...

Well, maybe.
 
2013-11-05 10:21:33 AM  

Mugato: What exactly was funny about the dead bird sketch? Does it require you to be British to get it?


Never had to deal with a business that absolutely refused to admit that their product and/or service was crap, did you?
 
2013-11-05 10:23:05 AM  

FlashHarry: cleese, once brilliant, is just a bitter, angry old man these days.


Sort of a George Carlin trajectory.
 
2013-11-05 10:24:18 AM  
Of course he's angry and bitter. He's peckish. Esuriant. 'Ee, ah wor 'ungry like.
 
2013-11-05 10:24:57 AM  

gilgigamesh: FlashHarry: cleese, once brilliant, is just a bitter, angry old man these days.

Yeah, I just don't see his point.

But to be fair, with his tortured marital history he has the right to be bitter and angry.


This. He has to pay his ex a million in alimony a year. As a result, he's had to do a lot of crap just to break even.
 
2013-11-05 10:26:53 AM  
Mel Brooks > Monty Python

/enjoyed A Fish Called Wanda
 
2013-11-05 10:29:38 AM  
Not to worry. Comedy is just pining for the fjords.
 
2013-11-05 10:30:05 AM  
I'd comment but I have to be to the summarize Proust competition in 26 minutes
 
2013-11-05 10:31:22 AM  

ShadyIce: Am I the only one that thinks Monty Python - and most British humor - is completely unfunny?



Yes.
 
2013-11-05 10:37:52 AM  
From a linked article about him selling his art collection because wife #3 doesn't like it I have come to a conclusion.

i.telegraph.co.uk

She 1) is a hard looking "42" (seriously according to article she is 31 years his junior) and

2) she looks like she'd take the joy out of living and comedy in a second.
 
2013-11-05 10:38:47 AM  
Does he have a flag?

No flag no statement about comedy! Those are the rules that.. I've justm ade up! And I'm backing it up with this gun that I got from the national rifle association.

/So my choice is 'Or death?'?!
 
2013-11-05 10:40:44 AM  

Mugato: What exactly was funny about the dead bird sketch? Does it require you to be British to get it?


part of me thinks that my dislike for Monty Python has to do with hearing every damn joke of theirs hundreds of times before I saw any of their shows or movies*, but part of it is also this:


luidprand: I REALLY miss the days of men in dresses talking in funny voices and hitting each other. That's comedy gold, right there. I mean, Cleese is such a master that he kept the same exact plot and joke going for two whole seasons and it never got old at all.  Damn these modern kids with their character-derived humor and their absurdism and their desire to have viewers pay attention for longer than two minutes.


for as legendary as Monty Python is, their humor seems to only be a couple steps up from The Three Stooges.

* I wonder how much of this is true for younger kids and The Simpsons.
 
2013-11-05 10:42:52 AM  

LoneDoggie: From a linked article about him selling his art collection because wife #3 doesn't like it I have come to a conclusion.

[i.telegraph.co.uk image 620x387]

She 1) is a hard looking "42" (seriously according to article she is 31 years his junior) and

2) she looks like she'd take the joy out of living and comedy in a second.


What's with wives making their celebrity husbands sell art collections?  See also Lars Ulrich's wife in "Some Kind of Monster".
Also, yeah - 42 my ass.
 
2013-11-05 10:46:06 AM  

FlashHarry: cleese, once brilliant, is just a bitter, angry old man these days.


But he's absolutely correct. The dumbing-down of society and the pandering to the lowest common denominator resulted in crap comedy.
 
2013-11-05 10:49:08 AM  

Mugato: What exactly was funny about the dead bird sketch? Does it require you to be British to get it?


Shut your festering gob you tit! Your type makes me puke! You vacuous toffee-nosed malodorous pervert!!


/relevant to my interests.
 
2013-11-05 10:54:52 AM  

happydude45: FlashHarry: cleese, once brilliant, is just a bitter, angry old man these days.

But he's absolutely correct. The dumbing-down of society and the pandering to the lowest common denominator resulted in crap comedy.


Football to the groin!
 
2013-11-05 10:55:22 AM  

LoneDoggie: From a linked article about him selling his art collection because wife #3 doesn't like it I have come to a conclusion.

[i.telegraph.co.uk image 620x387]

She 1) is a hard looking "42" (seriously according to article she is 31 years his junior) and

2) she looks like she'd take the joy out of living and comedy in a second.


She's 42?!? Wow, I feel so much better about myself today.
 
2013-11-05 10:55:56 AM  

LoneDoggie: From a linked article about him selling his art collection because wife #3 doesn't like it I have come to a conclusion.

[i.telegraph.co.uk image 620x387]

She 1) is a hard looking "42" (seriously according to article she is 31 years his junior) and

2) she looks like she'd take the joy out of living and comedy in a second.


The only way she could be 42 is if she spent the last 3 years in with the beef jerky.

Actually she could be 42 if she only eats liquids and cigarettes.
 
2013-11-05 11:00:02 AM  

Mugato: What exactly was funny about the dead bird sketch? Does it require you to be British to get it?


The first time I saw it is when Palin and Cleese redid it on Saturday Night Live...to absolute silence.

Then I saw the original on a Python rerun. It was much funnier. Something about their youthful energy and the fact people were actually laughing at it made it better.

I think comedy really rests on that reaction, and if you hear some people laughing at something you're more likely to join in.
 
2013-11-05 11:01:53 AM  

Mugato: What exactly was funny about the dead bird sketch? Does it require you to be British to get it?


It requires you to be at least 30 percent British.
 
2013-11-05 11:04:22 AM  
Old guy doesn't like new things. Film at 11.


FeedTheCollapse: for as legendary as Monty Python is, their humor seems to only be a couple steps up from The Three Stooges.


Nope. The joy of Python is that they would go from something like The All-England Summarize Proust Competition or The Communist Quiz Show and follow it up with a Gumby sketch.

Python was equal parts smart and stupid
 
2013-11-05 11:08:10 AM  
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YIKES!
 
2013-11-05 11:10:34 AM  

rjakobi: ShadyIce: Am I the only one that thinks Monty Python - and most British humor - is completely unfunny?

Yes.

...

Well, maybe.


Monty Python had a few good sketches and Holy Grail.  That's really it.  The other movies have their moments, but Flying Circus is all but unwatchable.  They shot their wad with Holy Grail.  Seriously overrated, honestly.  Not Holy Grail, mind you - that movie is goddamn hilarious - just really everything else.

Lots of British humor is really...  well, uncomfortable, and uncomfortable humor fell out of vogue like 30 years ago or more.

So yeah...  it is mostly unfunny.
 
2013-11-05 11:11:16 AM  
img.fark.net

That's because there aren't enough funny clouds in the sky these days.
/you see, THAT'S funny
 
2013-11-05 11:15:11 AM  

ShadyIce: Am I the only one that thinks Monty Python - and most British humor - is completely unfunny?


My dear brothers and sisters, we are gathered here to mourn the passing of Shadyice's sense of humor, so tragically cut short by overexposure to Smosh. I know, in my heart, that Shadyice's humor is now in a better place, no doubt chasing Benny Hill in tight circles, or perhaps enjoying a pint of bitter with Graham.

Amen.

If anyone has anything else to say, please, please join in.
 
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