BBC has killed comedy with talentless executives and political correctness. Comedy icon John Cleese has lashed out at the BBC, saying it has “screwed up comedy” through bureaucratic executives who can’t spot new talent and have as much luck understanding comedy as “a Martian trying to understand sex”. Cleese and fellow Monty Python alumni Eric Idle say the British broadcaster would not be brave enough to take a risk on them these days.
Cleese says PC is a matter of knowing the difference between mean and funny.
“Political correctness is a bit like granny or your maiden aunt arriving at a party when you’re all having a good time,” he said.
“She comes in and they all start buttoning up and becoming self conscious and behaving properly and then when she leaves you can have fun again.
“Well a lot of humour is just about enjoying life, it’s spontaneity. We’re always teasing each other. It’s with affection. It’s nasty teasing we don’t want. There’s certain jokes that are mean and actually not funny.”