It’s a talk about John Cleese gave in Belgium. it’s really good. he is 100% right.
I met John Cleese once. I was flying from NY to LA. I had upgraded myself to first class because i was feeling a bit sorry for myself. So i went through the first class security scanner. As I was about to go through the scanner i heard a familiar English voice say “Bloody hell. here we go again!”
It was the voice of Basil Fawlty from Fawlty Towers.
without looking back to see i agreed with the voice and uttered sympathetic noises. and briefly glanced back. it was Basil Fawlty! it was john cleese flying back to California where he lives.
John Cleese is seriously tall. Like basketballer tall. 6 foot 6 easy.
For a brief moment i was torn between being the gushing Python fanboy and a fellow traveler. but thought better of that.
We actually bantered a bit. it took a while. he really was like Basil Fawlty. constant disbelief at how bad things were going.
the funny part was that he, of all people, was pulled aside by security for extra special screening.
our parting exchange was based on the comedy of his selection by an african-american who clearly had NO idea who he was. and could care less.
“Clearly i am a threat to world peace! I mean just look at me!”. he said that. i laughed and walked on.
and then called everyone i knew.
here he is.