John Cleese blasts the BBC in lecture on the rise of stupidity

The Fawlty Towers star rails against the government, the BBC and British newspapers in stage appearance for Hacked Off

It was hard to know what to expect of a solo show by John Cleese, organised by campaign group Hacked Off. On 29 June, the comedian tweeted that it would be a “speech” but, by 5 July, he was calling it a “new one-hour comedy show”.

Cleese has experimented with standup as crowd-funding before. The audience for The Alimony Tour helped to pay for his third divorce. The £30 ticket for this event (including entry in a draw for a dinner with Cleese) was bankrolling Hacked Off’s campaign to seek judicial review of the government’s decision to abandon the planned second phase of the Leveson inquiry into journalistic ethics, which would investigate the relationship between the press and police.

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