When were you last funny?

Guardian columnist Zoe Williams also dislikes John Cleese, it seems.

[I]t’s hard to find out when John Cleese was last funny. Some people think he had some moderately amusing lines in A Fish Called Wanda (1988). There was a period in the 2010s when he had an idiosyncratic vendetta and went around town saying “Michael Palin’s travel show” and then yawning, which a small niche found rather tickling.

Does that actually matter? He did some brilliant Being Funny before the 2010s, which thanks to technology we can still benefit from. Isn’t that good enough?

It would be fair to say it’s not a recent body of comic work that has recommended Cleese for a Channel 4 show about “cancel culture”

But it probably is a not-recent body of comic work. I don’t know, maybe the Channel 4 show won’t be any good at all, maybe Cleese will just do some variation on the enraged fogey shtick (which may be all a lot of us do), but after all he did get some practice as Basil Fawlty. I don’t know if it will be interesting or not, funny or not, but neither does Zoe Williams.

Those vibes in full: they are outspoken gentlemen who refuse to be cowed by convention into staying silent on their sub-saloon-bar bullshit. They are fearless crusaders for freedom, so long as by “freedom” we mean the liberty to tell gags about male superiority that would have been too tired for Les Dawson.

Ok but at least he doesn’t tell us what his pronouns are.

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