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John Cleese Questions The Way The Irish Spell Our Names

John Cleese sits down with Sile Seoige and discusses pet hates and creativity. 

John Cleese is currently doing the rounds with his tour Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.

Last week the comedian closed the Pendulum summit, discussing creativity with the talk “Innovation, Creativity and the Right Attitude to Making Mistakes”. The talk is hosted by Sile Seoige who asked him various questions like what are his three pet hates. These are Pedal bins in hotel rooms, anyone called Darryl and “The fact that no one in hotels understands what’s being said to them.”.

Cleese then moves on to the topic of  “lovely Dublin”, and how the Irish are “slightly mad”, telling a story about the driver picking him up at the airport, to whom he remarked, “I hear you have an alcohol problem” (sigh), and without missing a beat, the driver responds “No, but I spill a little bit when I’m driving”

Impressed by the quick wit of the Irish he said: “There’s something playful about the Irish which is terribly attractive, I think that’s why they produce so many great artists,” he continues.

Curious, he asks Seoige about her surname “It’s impossible to pronounce. Why don’t you Irish spell your names properly?” She’s Julie Joyce, she tells him, if it makes it easier.

Cleese feels strongly that “the world is being destroyed by technology. Obesity, self-harm, drug-taking. We are not living natural lives. It’s very serious.”

“Technology,” he says, “was mostly invented by people who are not particularly good at human relationships. That’s why they are fascinated by computers.”

He then has a minor explosion about the “dreadful era of political correctness and fear of offending people” which is “taking all the fun” out of life.

“We like a bit of mischief. This insanity is like being at a nice party, and a maiden aunt comes in and we all have to stop having fun until she f**ks off.”

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