Monday, June 12, 2006

Comdey Genius to Coach Coach Comic Classics

Enough of the aliteration.

John Cleese, one of comedy's greatest assets, says he will write a book to help pass on the basic rules of comedy to new comic hopefuls. He intends to cover stage, screen, and television... from the silent classics (presumably folks like Keaton and Chaplin) to one of England's more recent successes, Ricky Gervais (the man behind The Office).
"I can never do better than `Fawlty Towers,' whatever I do. Now I very much want to teach young talent some rules of the game."

I'd argue that A Fish Called Wanda gave Fawlty a fair run for its money... at least in terms of comparing the best elements from each. Both had amazing casts.

Cleese also notes that although rare a few comics have demonstrated a keen understanding of old-fashioned comedy... he mentions a bizarre and hillarious comic from England, Eddie Izzard.

Izzard's earlier material is must-see, especially Glorious and Dress to Kill. He even took part in a few post-Python projects namely hosting one of the Monty Python anniversary specials. Anyone who has seen Eddie Izzard's material can probably detect a subtle presence of the Python masters... as subtle as a 16-ton weight or as a giant cupid foot (courtesy of Agnolo di Cosimo, and Terry Gilliam) descending from the heavens.


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