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Monty Python's John Cleese Slams BBC, Saying They 'Don't Understand' Comedy And Produce 'An Awful Amount Of Crap'

The stars of Monty Python have criticised the BBC in a new interview, claiming the broadcaster doesn’t understand comedy and produces “an awful amount of crap” nowadays.

The comedy troupe are currently putting the final preparations in place for their forthcoming string of shows at London’s O2 Arena, which will see the five surviving members of the group perform on stage together for the first time since 1980.

The Monty Python cast

John Cleese has now stated that despite the group’s massive success in their heyday, he doesn’t think their original comedy series ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’ would be given the go-ahead by the BBC if it were made today, saying the way comedy is produced has changed… and not for the better, in his opinion.

John Cleese

"This would be fine if they did understand it, but comedy is very difficult. Just look around – there’s an awful amount of crap.

"These decisions are being taken by people who don’t understand comedy but don’t realise that they don’t understand it."

Monty Python’s string of shows, dubbed ‘Monty Python Live (Mostly), will kick off at the O2 arena on 1 July for five nights, with another five shows commencing at the same venue on 15 July.

Television Programmes - Monty Python's Flying Circus - 1973

Monty Python Over The Years

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