‘Python’s too funny for today’
COMEDIAN John Cleese has suggested the reason Monty Python’s Flying Circus is no longer regularly shown on TV is because it’s “too funny” compared to modern comedies.
Cleese ( above), 78, laughed off comments in July from the BBC’s comedy controller Shane Allen that the Pythons would struggle to get on TV today because they were “six Oxbridge white blokes”.
Reacting to Allen’s comments, Cleese wrote on social media: “Unfair! We were remarkably diverse for our time.”
He revealed that his former Python colleague Michael Palin had previously told him their show had not been shown on the BBC for 17 years.
When asked why he thought it had been so long, Cleese replied: “I don’t know, maybe its too funny?
“It might not contrast well with some of the comedy they are doing now, you see what I mean?” BEFORE he wrote Edgar Rice Burroughs was a pencil-sharpener salesman