Disturbing The Cleese.

There’s something weird about October 27th. Both Dylan Thomas and Sylvia Plath were born on this day, in 1914 and 1932 respectively. Maybe this is just a coincidence, though. You could probably take any day and find that it’s the birthday of several famous people. For instance, John Cleese was also born on October 27th, in 1939.

And while it’s oddly fitting that one member should have a birthday in the same month that Monty Python celebrates its fortieth year, let’s not forget that John Cleese also gave us A Fish Called Wanda and Fawlty Towers. Episodes of Fawlty Towers have actually been used as instructional videos for hotel managers, which isn’t surprising since he made the sitcom after he did a series of instructional films for business. I’ve seen one of those instructional films. It was called More Bloody Meetings and it was almost funny enough to make me forget I was at work. And if you want to know what the real Cleese is like, pick up the biography Cleese Encounters. He’s surprisingly humble and private–or maybe that isn’t so surprising. His best friend was Graham Chapman, proving that opposites really do attract.

Happy birthday, Mr. Cleese. Here’s one of my favorite Monty Python bits.

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