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(Vulture)   John Cleese on political correctness and the funniest joke he's ever told. Hopefully these subjects overlap   ( vulture.com) divider line
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2017-09-12 05:17:17 PM  
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2017-09-12 05:35:02 PM  
Okay, when I finally got to the funniest thing he ever said (not exactly what Subby claimed), I have to admit, I chuckled.  Good interview.
 
2017-09-12 06:40:49 PM  

Bith Set Me Up: [img.fark.net image 718x538]


I guess the question for you is, I play a videogame called StarCraft, but the problem is, Protoss players, they're pretty much the scum of the Earth.  I bet if you go into special ed classes around the country, I'd bet that roughly eighty to ninety percent of the class plays Protoss.  They're mentally handicapped.

Am I not allowed to make fun of them now, for being the most handicapped of all handicapped children?  Terran and Zerg players, they're manly men who demonstrable considerable intelligence, furiously clicking their production facilities in order to create the correct units.  But Protoss players, goddamn, how do they even breathe?

Take away my right to make fun of Protoss players and you take away our greatest weapon for dealing with the dumbest children in history.  Is this what you want?  IS THIS WHAT YOU REALLY WANT?
 
2017-09-12 09:03:59 PM  
" You have a scunge pump attached to your leg. "

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2017-09-12 09:05:27 PM  

Mike_LowELL: Bith Set Me Up: [img.fark.net image 718x538]

I guess the question for you is, I play a videogame called StarCraft, but the problem is, Protoss players, they're pretty much the scum of the Earth.  I bet if you go into special ed classes around the country, I'd bet that roughly eighty to ninety percent of the class plays Protoss.  They're mentally handicapped.

Am I not allowed to make fun of them now, for being the most handicapped of all handicapped children?  Terran and Zerg players, they're manly men who demonstrable considerable intelligence, furiously clicking their production facilities in order to create the correct units.  But Protoss players, goddamn, how do they even breathe?

Take away my right to make fun of Protoss players and you take away our greatest weapon for dealing with the dumbest children in history.  Is this what you want?  IS THIS WHAT YOU REALLY WANT?


But Mike, you always want to be Protoss.
 
2017-09-12 09:14:59 PM  
The world will be a sadder place when he has gone. My favorite Python.

/ don't go anywhere for a good bit, Mr. Cleese
//flowery twats
 
2017-09-12 09:29:06 PM  
An enjoyable read.  He is an interesting guy.  From Weston Super-Mare.
 
2017-09-12 09:39:17 PM  

Dr.Fey


Okay, when I finally got to the funniest thing he ever said (not exactly what Subby claimed), I have to admit, I chuckled. Good interview.


That's because subtard is yet another lazy lackwit who simply copies from TFA.


TFA headline:

The comedy legend on Monty Python's legacy, political correctness, and the funniest joke he ever told.


Fark.com headline:

John Cleese on political correctness and the funniest joke he's ever told.
 
2017-09-12 09:40:01 PM  
FTA (for those for whom the article was tl;dr)
A man walks into a bar and says to the bartender, "Want to hear the latest Irish joke?"
The bartender says. "OK, but you should know I'm Irish."
The man says, "Allright, I'll tell it slowly."
 
2017-09-12 09:40:42 PM  
Less insufferable than usual. I don't usually like hsi interviews but love his perfomances.
 
2017-09-12 09:46:56 PM  
You can read that piece and easily imagine Cleese speaking it - every sentence.  He has such distinctive speech/mannerisms.
 
2017-09-12 09:49:31 PM  
Why does the 'main' page look different?
 
2017-09-12 09:52:59 PM  
TFA: "I've got a leg infection and now have a farking cube" - Cleese, sitting in a brown leather chair, pulls up a leg of his jeans and taps on a pump with his index finger - "sucking out the scunge. It's quite annoying."

If guess they didn't have to ask him to do the silly walk
 
2017-09-12 09:54:57 PM  

bratface: Why does the 'main' page look different?


Sometimes when I get a message on my fax machine, I wonder, "did little demons get inside and type it?" I don't know.
 
2017-09-12 09:56:35 PM  

Bith Set Me Up: [img.fark.net image 718x538]


Seriously? That's what the interview made you think of?
 
2017-09-12 09:57:13 PM  

albuquerquehalsey: " You have a scunge pump attached to your leg. "

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A medical device designed to extract fluids from wounds
 
2017-09-12 10:05:39 PM  

albuquerquehalsey: " You have a scunge pump attached to your leg. "

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https://www.woundcarecenters.org/article/wound-therapies/negative-pre​s​sure-wound-therapy
 
2017-09-12 10:17:13 PM  

CptnSpldng: FTA (for those for whom the article was tl;dr)
A man walks into a bar and says to the bartender, "Want to hear the latest Irish joke?"
The bartender says. "OK, but you should know I'm Irish."
The man says, "Allright, I'll tell it slowly."


I heard the punch line as "Never mind, I don't want to have to explain it."
 
2017-09-12 10:18:40 PM  
That was one of the best interviews I think I've ever read.  He was honest, and funny, and insufferable, and self-serving, and complimentary... and entertaining.

I have another perhaps slightly morbid question, if you don't mind.
Why stop now?


I Larfed.
 
2017-09-12 10:18:58 PM  

Marbleisheavy: Mike_LowELL: Bith Set Me Up: [img.fark.net image 718x538]

I guess the question for you is, I play a videogame called StarCraft, but the problem is, Protoss players, they're pretty much the scum of the Earth.  I bet if you go into special ed classes around the country, I'd bet that roughly eighty to ninety percent of the class plays Protoss.  They're mentally handicapped.

Am I not allowed to make fun of them now, for being the most handicapped of all handicapped children?  Terran and Zerg players, they're manly men who demonstrable considerable intelligence, furiously clicking their production facilities in order to create the correct units.  But Protoss players, goddamn, how do they even breathe?

Take away my right to make fun of Protoss players and you take away our greatest weapon for dealing with the dumbest children in history.  Is this what you want?  IS THIS WHAT YOU REALLY WANT?

But Mike, you always want to be Protoss.


I'm sorry that I play to win at all costs.  Even if it means being labeled a Protoss player.
 
2017-09-12 10:20:31 PM  

Bith Set Me Up: [img.fark.net image 718x538]


Making fun of people is, by definition, the opposite of treating them with respect.
 
2017-09-12 10:21:47 PM  

albuquerquehalsey: " You have a scunge pump attached to your leg. "

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Pus, or other similar nasty secretions caused by infections and wounds.
 
2017-09-12 10:22:45 PM  

Old Smokie: Bith Set Me Up: [img.fark.net image 718x538]

Making fun of people is, by definition, the opposite of treating them with respect.


So?  Not everyone deserves respect all the time.  And sometimes not treating someone with respect is NOT the same thing as treating them with disrespect.
 
2017-09-12 10:26:59 PM  

CptnSpldng: FTA (for those for whom the article was tl;dr)
A man walks into a bar and says to the bartender, "Want to hear the latest Irish joke?"
The bartender says. "OK, but you should know I'm Irish."
The man says, "Allright, I'll tell it slowly."


That wasn't it.

As someone who's spent a lifetime working in and thanking about comedy, is there one joke you can point to as being the funniest thing that you ever said?
Interesting. It would probably have been something unscripted. Eric Idle and I were performing in Florida once, taking questions from the audience, and a woman stood up and asked me, apparently seriously, "Did the Queen kill Princess Diana?

What'd you say?
Certainly not with her hands.
 
2017-09-12 10:31:35 PM  

bratface: Why does the 'main' page look different?


You must have sobered up.
 
2017-09-12 10:32:24 PM  
Paraphrasing from another British comedy series.

Our Lord John Cleese. The Comic Messiah. J.C. - John Cleese- Jesus Christ. The initials are the same.
 
2017-09-12 10:40:59 PM  
Cleese is one of the funniest people that have ever walked the Earth in a very silly way.

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But I totally more appreciate his younger self better than his older self.  I almost gets the impression that he just wants to be left alone nowadays.
 
2017-09-12 10:47:08 PM  
Very un-closeted old man racism...just owns his lack of understanding

/still funny
 
2017-09-12 10:49:28 PM  

SansNeural: bratface: Why does the 'main' page look different?

You must have sobered up.


No, the 'SUBMIT A LINK' is at the top middle of the page instead of at the top right of the page (where there is a blurb about total fark).
 
2017-09-12 10:51:11 PM  

bratface: SansNeural: bratface: Why does the 'main' page look different?

You must have sobered up.

No, the 'SUBMIT A LINK' is at the top middle of the page instead of at the top right of the page (where there is a blurb about total fark).


OK, ok.  Sorry, I didn't want to say this because I'm nearing 2 years of sobriety myself, but...

You need to get plastered.
 
2017-09-12 10:54:43 PM  

SansNeural: bratface: SansNeural: bratface: Why does the 'main' page look different?

You must have sobered up.

No, the 'SUBMIT A LINK' is at the top middle of the page instead of at the top right of the page (where there is a blurb about total fark).

OK, ok.  Sorry, I didn't want to say this because I'm nearing 2 years of sobriety myself, but...

You need to get plastered.


It's not my day for 'getting plastered'.
 
2017-09-12 11:07:28 PM  
A cow walks into a busy bar and orders a fancy drink.
The barman says "I can't serve you now, there are others before you."
And the cow says "This won't work if you're not Irish."
 
2017-09-12 11:09:01 PM  
Sheesh.  We're here in John Farking Cleese thread and a guy won't let me make a wee, teensie joke.
 
2017-09-12 11:12:04 PM  
His opinions on PC and humor reminded me of the Chapelle bit about enthnicities and food where he says, "People hate Mexicans. Why? They eat rice, corn, beans. It ain't a reason to hate somebody. It's funny, but it ain't a reason to hate somebody."
 
2017-09-12 11:15:32 PM  

Bith Set Me Up: [img.fark.net image 718x538]


Waaaahhhhh. Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor are rolling in their graves right now
 
2017-09-12 11:15:40 PM  

rbuzby: An enjoyable read.  He is an interesting guy.  From Weston Super-Mare.


Despite that, I would say having been there one lunch.
 
2017-09-12 11:16:58 PM  

little big man: You can read that piece and easily imagine Cleese speaking it - every sentence.  He has such distinctive speech/mannerisms.


This exactly. This was the funniest thing I've read in forever. Intelligent wit is almost extinct
 
2017-09-12 11:18:58 PM  

Mock26: Old Smokie: Bith Set Me Up: [img.fark.net image 718x538]

Making fun of people is, by definition, the opposite of treating them with respect.

So?  Not everyone deserves respect all the time.  And sometimes not treating someone with respect is NOT the same thing as treating them with disrespect.


This. Everyone should be made fun of, with no exceptions. No farking sacred cows.
 
2017-09-12 11:30:57 PM  

CptnSpldng: FTA (for those for whom the article was tl;dr)
A man walks into a bar and says to the bartender, "Want to hear the latest Irish joke?"
The bartender says. "OK, but you should know I'm Irish."
The man says, "Allright, I'll tell it slowly."


Ah, did you read the article? That wasn't the joke that was referenced in the headline.
 
2017-09-12 11:33:07 PM  

happydude45: Mock26: Old Smokie: Bith Set Me Up: [img.fark.net image 718x538]

Making fun of people is, by definition, the opposite of treating them with respect.

So?  Not everyone deserves respect all the time.  And sometimes not treating someone with respect is NOT the same thing as treating them with disrespect.

This. Everyone should be made fun of, with no exceptions. No farking sacred cows.


And fark 'em if they can't take a joke.
I'm looking at you, Trump.
 
2017-09-12 11:36:20 PM  

SonOfSpam: happydude45: Mock26: Old Smokie: Bith Set Me Up: [img.fark.net image 718x538]

Making fun of people is, by definition, the opposite of treating them with respect.

So?  Not everyone deserves respect all the time.  And sometimes not treating someone with respect is NOT the same thing as treating them with disrespect.

This. Everyone should be made fun of, with no exceptions. No farking sacred cows.

And fark 'em if they can't take a joke.
I'm looking at you, Trump.


Bingo. All of 'em.
 
2017-09-12 11:43:17 PM  
I think he was spot on. Anyone saying otherwise...well, you're the boorish PC crowd he's bagging on.

/Lighten up, Francis

Cleese is
 
2017-09-12 11:44:36 PM  

Wellallright!: I think he was spot on. Anyone saying otherwise...well, you're the boorish PC crowd he's bagging on.

/Lighten up, Francis

Cleese is


...one of The Greats
 
2017-09-12 11:49:54 PM  
The part about the UN voting for the year's butt of jokes reminds me of reading old joke books as a kid. Blondes and dead babies weren't beyond my comprehension, but I had no idea why anyone would mock people from Poland, of all places. I decided it must have been some kind of absurdist humor. It was "funny" because they picked a random country, right? Maybe in a book published a few years after that one, I'd find a chapter of generic cracks on the intelligence of, say, Canadians.

I also took the word "coed" at face value and, in spite of any context clues, thought the word was unisex until my twenties.

Anyway, I guess the punchline here is that I'm a Millennial.
 
2017-09-12 11:58:19 PM  

Xyzzyka: The part about the UN voting for the year's butt of jokes reminds me of reading old joke books as a kid. Blondes and dead babies weren't beyond my comprehension, but I had no idea why anyone would mock people from Poland, of all places. I decided it must have been some kind of absurdist humor. It was "funny" because they picked a random country, right? Maybe in a book published a few years after that one, I'd find a chapter of generic cracks on the intelligence of, say, Canadians.

I also took the word "coed" at face value and, in spite of any context clues, thought the word was unisex until my twenties.

Anyway, I guess the punchline here is that I'm a Millennial.


For the rest of us, the millennial is the punchline (I kid!  Love my millenials)
 
2017-09-13 12:41:02 AM  
After reading about turning down Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and checking Michael Caine's IMDB, I immediately imagined a parallel dimension where John Cleese is Christian Bale's Alfred.
 
2017-09-13 12:42:43 AM  
That was a good read. Thanks Subby.
 
2017-09-13 12:48:36 AM  
An urbane, crotchety old fellow looking at death. Kind of fascinating but also sad. I'll hate seeing those guys go, and hearing about Terry Jones losing his mind is awfully sad.

What really caught my attention was Cleese's account of growing up and being a bit different from the counter-culture of the era, not being into rock-n-roll (and Lennon saying he had always wanted to be a comedian) or any of those traditional drugs-and-long-hair things. Yet Cleese was as much a bomb thrower as any of those guys.

It's a lost era, increasingly, given the enormous right turn the world has taken in the last year (which really has been changing for a while). Those years seem very distant.
 
2017-09-13 12:49:36 AM  

Old Smokie: Bith Set Me Up: [img.fark.net image 718x538]

Making fun of people is, by definition, the opposite of treating them with respect.


Sort of. There are roasts. And then there is the British thing of 'taking the piss', which often involves insulting a friend directly and in ways that call up their ethnicity, sexuality, and a number of other things that would never fly in the United States.
 
2017-09-13 12:59:03 AM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Old Smokie: Bith Set Me Up: [img.fark.net image 718x538]

Making fun of people is, by definition, the opposite of treating them with respect.

Sort of. There are roasts. And then there is the British thing of 'taking the piss', which often involves insulting a friend directly and in ways that call up their ethnicity, sexuality, and a number of other things that would never fly in the United States.


...except that it always has. Insisting that anything that can be offensive MUST be offensive is new, as is the idea that being offended means anything other than you're probably trying really hard to be an asshole. Being offended is not the same as advocacy or action, but many seem to be taking it as such.

But "mean" humor that is clearly not meant seriously has been with us forever, as has laughing at human foibles in the form of a human stereotype of that behaviour. Being dicks about it now won't make anything better.
 
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