Monty Python’s Cleese slams BBC ‘too white & Oxbridge’ claim

Monty Python’s Cleese slams BBC ‘too white & Oxbridge’ claim, by RT.

Actor John Cleese has defended the iconic comedy show Monty Python, calling it “remarkably diverse for its time.” The comments come as the BBC head of comedy said the show was “too white and Oxbridge” to be made today. …

[Controller of BBC comedy Mark Allen] claimed that audiences were tired of the “metropolitan, educated experience” and craved sketch shows and sitcoms with a “sense of place” rather than “six Oxbridge white blokes.” …

Cleese defended the diversity credentials of Monty Python, joking that the show would meet the state-funded broadcaster’s diversity targets as it had a “poof” – referring to the late Graham Chapman – and “no slave owners.”