Night Owl Chat – John Cleese

Because John Cleese, that’s why!

Perhaps my favorite of the later John Cleese oeuvre: “Soccer vs. (American) football”

John Cleese, with Rowan Atkinson – “Beekeeping”

John Cleese on Sarah Palin

John Cleese at Graham Chapman’s memorial service

On Extremism

Fry & Laurie presenting Cleese with the “Silver Dick”

Pretty much anything with John Cleese is guaranteed to make you laugh, and more often than not to make you think.

This is your night dead parrot sketch chat.

43 Responses to “Night Owl Chat – John Cleese”

  1. 1 Dudette
    July 4, 2013 at 1:40 am

    Happy Fourth of July!

  2. 2 Dudette
    July 4, 2013 at 1:41 am

    Thanks LL! Heading back up the page to feast on the Cleese! πŸ˜€

  3. July 4, 2013 at 1:43 am

    And, having done my duty, I bid all good night.

  4. 5 Dudette
    July 4, 2013 at 1:59 am

    Well, it appears the blog is all mine. That means I can do ANYTHING I want here! Hhhmmmmooooaaaaaaah!! Hmmmm, what shall it be?…

  5. 6 Dudette
    July 4, 2013 at 2:01 am

    [evil laugh… aaaahhhhahahahahaha] πŸ˜€

  6. 7 Dudette
    July 4, 2013 at 2:11 am

    Alright more throwbacks then…

    First pair:

    Respect (Original by Otis Redding; classic do-over by the incomparable Miss Aretha Franklin)


  7. July 4, 2013 at 2:17 am

    I’m here, but briefly, before heading to bed. Enjoying the music and the Cleese!

  8. July 4, 2013 at 2:18 am

    Rest well, LL, and thank you!!!

    A big thank you to UT for ….

    Moreover, from a society-care, humanity-care and end to #WarOnWomen these FACTS are just that, FACTS ….

    From the emergence of ‘life,’ it’s always been at its core, about ‘control.’

    The amazing, and totally unanticipated phenomenon of ‘cooperation,’ ‘collaboration,’ ‘perceived common good,’ ‘LOVE, LOVE, LOVE & EMPATHY,’ in the process of life on this planet, is that those non-controlling traits enabled the emergence of a species (humans, aka us) that could not only experience but explicate (language), document (persist), their lessons learned and observations measured (i.e., SCIENCE) for future generations.

    The resultant, incessant dialectic between control and freedom is what we see and experience in every human activity.

    The ‘black swan,’ the ‘tipping point,’ the ‘disruptive innovation’ or however you want to narrate the meme is the reality that a truly African (Kenyan Father), American (as white as it gets Mother) fella transitioned from ‘who,’ to PRESIDENT in 4 years and then had the audacity to get Re-Elected.

    Our African, American, LOVING, EMPATHETIC and hugely skilled 2nd Term President of the USA is without any historical precedence.

    Combine that with the fact that WOMEN from Austin to Kabul to Cairo to Benghazi to Damascus to Tehran to Beijing to Kampala to Riyadh are SICK OF BEING OPPRESSED by LIMP DICK DUDES … well, folks it’s going to get intense like you’ve never seen intense.

    Could not be more grateful to be alive at this exceptional moment in the evolution of Life on this planet – the one and only planet in the universe that we have definitive knowledge that Life exists.



    Yes We Can

    • July 4, 2013 at 2:19 am

      Hopefully a ‘moderator’ will moderate the comment, sometime πŸ™‚

      time for some rest …..

      • 12 Dudette
        July 4, 2013 at 2:28 am

        Rest well my friend, that ye may return and wield thy might sword on good morrow’s eve!

    • 13 jackiegrumbacher
      July 4, 2013 at 8:18 am

      Bob, I don’t want anything to be moderated in your comment. I hail every word because the need to control the other is at the root of all war, sin and destruction in this world. And may I add that it is women who very early understood the need for cooperation and dialogue as a way of ensuring the well being of themselves and their children and as protection against the elements. Identifying with others, helping each other — all these civilizing steps began around the women’s fires, while men tried to show their macho creds by hunting game. Without the patient cooperation among women, small communities would have starved and babies died. President Obama has always understood, respected, honored the women in his life and in the world. He doesn’t fear fierce and independent women and he doesn’t try to control them, which in, my opinion, makes him one of the most complete men to ever serve as president. It is the small man–the twisted, fearful, little Republican governors we have scattered across this country, the stunted spirits on Capital Hill and the narrow minded, myopic preachers who spout 2000 year old social mores–who are lesser beings, not fully enough evolved to cope with a changing world.

  9. 15 Dudette
    July 4, 2013 at 2:21 am

    Oye como va

    Original – Tito Puenta; remake – Santana

  10. 16 Dudette
    July 4, 2013 at 2:43 am

    With a name like “Twist and Shout” you’d expect this song would have it’s own set of twists and turns. And you would be right…

    The first version of this song was recorded by The Top Notes and it was produced by Phil Spector. The songwriter Bert Berns absolutely hated Spector’s production because it “killed the feel” of his song and is the reason it flopped as a single. So Bert decided to produce this version with The Isley Brothers and it became a huge hit. Then the Beatles took it through the stratosphere. A few decades later the Matthew Broderick (forever that sexy nerdy-geeky hero Ferris Beuller) lip-synched it into the pantheon of movie history. You can’t get any better than a downtown Chicago parade and a “Thriller” dance set. πŸ™‚




  11. 20 Dudette
    July 4, 2013 at 3:21 am

    Mrs. Robinson

    Original by Simon & Garfunkel; remake by The Lemonheads


  12. 21 Dudette
    July 4, 2013 at 3:33 am

    Time After Time

    Original Cyndi Lauper, remake Miles Davis (yes, that one)


  13. 22 Dudette
    July 4, 2013 at 3:56 am

    A little background on Mile’s piece (Time After Time) above:

    Live Under The Sky 1985
    Live At Yomiuri Land Open Theatre East, Tokyo, Japan
    28th, July

    Time After Time by Rob Hyman, Cyndi Lauper
    First release by Cyndi Lauper – 1983
    Recorder by Miles Davis Youre Under Arrest Album

    You’re Under Arrest is a 1985 album that saw Miles mix pop tunes with political statements about racism, pollution and war. Among other tracks, the album featured Davis’ interpretations of two contemporary pop songs: Cyndi Laupers “Time After Time” and Michael Jacksons “Human Natute”.

    During the recording sessions, Darryl Jones (A/K/A “The Munch:” Bass) introduced Sting to his longtime idol Miles Davis. Sting was startled when Davis asked him if he could speak French, and since he did, to translate the Miranda Warning into French and yell it into the microphone against a backing track.


    Human Nature

    Original MJ, remake Miles


  14. 23 Dudette
    July 4, 2013 at 4:22 am

    All Along the Watchtower

    Original – Dylan, Remake Hendrix


  15. 25 Dudette
    July 4, 2013 at 4:27 am

    This Woman’s Work

    Original – Kate Bush; Remake – Maxwell [ssshhhivers!!]


  16. 26 Dudette
    July 4, 2013 at 4:38 am

    Peter Gabriel ~ Solsbury Hill
    This is the original, not a remake (I just like the song – and the artist)

  17. 27 Dudette
    July 4, 2013 at 4:49 am

    … and speaking of hearts going “boom, boom, boom!”

    Some of us will miss out on the fireworks tonight because of rain, so here’s the Colorado Symphony performing at downtown Denver’s Civic Center SOUNDS Independence Eve Celebration in Civic Center Park on July 3, 2010.
    [Oh yeh, original by that Russian maverick, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky] 😎

    Enjoy your 4TH!
    Hug a veteran!
    Practice good citizenship!
    Peace and Love to you all!

  18. 28 amk for obama
    July 4, 2013 at 6:32 am

  19. 29 vcprezofan2
    July 4, 2013 at 7:02 am

    Morning, Dudette! I see you were left virtually all alone with the night shift – good thing you are an experienced DJ who knows how to enjoy herself. Hopefully you are currently getting some rest – Sweet Dreams!

    Morning TODvillage! Sending Independence Day good wishes to all Americans, wherever they are today! “Happy July 4th!”

  20. 30 vcprezofan2
    July 4, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Hmmm. My first comment today sure squeezed itself into an odd spot! Things must be out of whack, or WordP is in a partying mood so it’s letting everything float around. Time will tell, I guess.

  21. 33 ber6964
    July 4, 2013 at 7:14 am

    Good Morning and enjoy the 4th of July celebrations. Almost at 20 Million………is today the Day?

  22. July 4, 2013 at 7:17 am

    Happy Fourth of July to Ms Chips and to everyone! Great Cleese thread, LL…. we adore Cleese in our house (especially since my husband is British), and believe that anything he touches is gold! Thanks also to Dudette for the lovely music clips….. hope everyone has a great day.

  23. 35 desertflower
    July 4, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Morning! Up early to go work in the yard before the heat starts in earnest….Happy 4th! Dudette, do you ever sleep?

  24. 36 vcprezofan2
    July 4, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Thanks LL. I don’t remember meeting Cleese before but I heartily agree with his football vs soccer rant! I was really, really incensed when I first realized that I had to start calling football soccer. IM(stated)O at the time, soccer was a more fitting name for American football because they literally were always ‘socking’ each other. I even suggested why not call it handball, but was told there was already a sport named handball. Of course pointing out there already was a sport called football didn’t help me. πŸ˜€ To this day I still do not understand or like American football – not that I ever made any effort to!

    • 37 Bill
      July 4, 2013 at 8:51 am

      You probably know that the English Premier League recently signed a lucrative contract with NBC to broadcast their games in the US. Along with increasing evidence that US football results in permanent brain damage, for the players if not the viewers, many parents are opting not to allow their children to play American football. With these two recent developments the future of the two “versions” of football in the US will be interesting.

      • 38 vcprezofan2
        July 4, 2013 at 12:00 pm

        Hi Bill. No I didn’t know about NBC EPL football contract because I haven’t followed the game in ages, nor watched TV in years. Who knows, this may be the prod (along with the frequent TODvillage ‘turnups’) that inspires me to become more involved. πŸ˜€

  25. 39 a4alice
    July 4, 2013 at 9:12 am

    well good morning TOD. Dudette thanks for all the music in last nights post! Kate Bush even! That’s a blast from the past. πŸ˜€

    I hafta get out there and start weeding in my community garden plot but just wanted to pop in and say howdy. πŸ™‚

  26. 40 canadabarb4obama
    July 4, 2013 at 9:17 am

    LL, thank-you so much for the Cleese tribute; absolutely love him. Six years ago I had a stroke and I took his sense of humor with me to hospital and beyond. In my mind, everything became a part of the Flying Circus/Holy Grail/Meaning of Life comedy routine! And it was Senator/President Obama who got me through the months/years of recovery.

    Happy 4th of July to all TODers!!!!! We Are The World!

  27. 42 amk for obama
    July 4, 2013 at 9:22 am

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  28. 43 anniebella
    July 4, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Happy 4th of July to everyone. Happy Birthday to first daughter Malia Obama.

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