John Cleese Talks Cancel Culture, Says It "Misunderstands The Purpose Of Life, Which Is To Have Fun"

John Cleese Talks Cancel Culture, Says It "Misunderstands The Purpose Of Life, Which Is To Have Fun"
July 24, 2020 - 17:47 / Amanda Stanford

John Cleese is sharing his thoughts on the current political climate and how that affects comedy. The Monty Python icon is talking cancel culture, and what he thinks is sucking the fun out of everything.

Comedy troupe Monty Python could never be deemed politically correct humour, and one icon doesn't believe it should be! John Cleese, one of Monty Python's most memorable actors, opens up about his views on cancel culture.

The actor revealed he is setting up a comedy event in London, where audiences will social distance, but partake in a hilarious event that won't be politically correct!

John Cleese talks what's funny and what's not

John Cleese is starting a new comedy gold opportunity for him, a show that will be part lecture, part stand up, performed in front of a socially-distanced audience.

John Cleese attends the 55th Rose d'Or Award.

The show, titled Why There Is No Hope, is a bit of an "experiment" as the event will be live-streamed and feature Q&As, as well as "a short selection of Peruvian burial ditties," Cleese says.

Last month, the 80-year-old comedian put BBC on blast, calling them "cowardly and gutless" for temporarily removing Fawlty Towers from the streaming platform, as they claimed they needed to "review" the show as it mocked Germans and WWII. 

This, Cleese explains, is what is wrong with cancel culture in modern society, saying that it "misunderstands the main purposes of life which is to have fun."

"Everything humorous is critical," he added. "If you have someone who is perfectly kind and intelligent and flexible and who always behaves appropriately, they’re not funny. Funniness is about people who don’t do that, like Trump."

He also adds that forcing people to adhere to a certain level of political correctness would mean having "to set the bar according to what we are told by the most touchy, most emotionally unstable and fragile and least stoic people in the country."

The live stream will happen next month on August 2.