“Oh, spin my nipple nuts and send me to Alaska!” – Kryten the mechanoid (Robert Llewellyn), RED DWARF
On what classic Britcom did John Cleese test out an early prototype of the character that became known as Basil Fawlty on FAWLTY TOWERS?
FAWLTY TOWERS is one of the most critically-acclaimed comedies of all time. The sitcom by John Cleese and Connie Booth ran for 12 episodes over two series, one in 1975 and one in 1979. However, in the early 70s, Cleese was writing for another sitcom and he created a character based on a experience he had at a hotel in Devon. The hotel manager (whom Cleese described as “the rudest man I’ve ever come across in my life”) proved to be great comic fodder for the writer-performer and so he wrote a character named Mr. Clifford into a script in which the main character had to stay in a hotel. Clifford was a put-upon, easily irritated, henpecked type who seemed to have better things to do other than run a hotel – or more accurately, he was a man who felt the hotel business would run much more smoothly if it wasn’t for all the blasted guests! The character was not played by Cleese but it’s obviously the genesis for Cleese’s Fawlty. Continue reading
If you are going to be in London on October 5, you’d better be taking part in this – a Guinness World Record attempt of the Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Gumbys!
1,000 people have signed up already so you’d best get on board if you want to be a part of this awesome Monty Python 50th anniversary celebration event. Visit the Facebook page for more info. Can’t make it? SORRY!!!!
“Not with the pastry… Not with the pastry!” – Victor Meldrew (Richard Wilson), talking in his sleep, ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE
“Yeah, remarkable bird the Norwegian Blue, beautiful plumage, innit?” – Shopkeeper (Michael Palin), MONTY PYTHON’S FLYING CIRCUS (“Dead Parrot Sketch”)
“Twenty-two minutes late, escaped puma, Chessington North.” – Reggie Perrin (Leonard Rossiter), explaining his tardiness, THE FALL AND RISE OF REGINALD PERRIN
On what island country did Dave Lister dream of buying a farm or opening a diner? Continue reading