"They won't understand that in Bradford."
This was the statement made to John Cleese by one of his producers regarding the humour on At Last The 1948 Show, an early comedy vehicle for Cleese and his contemporaries, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graham Chapman and Marty Feldman. Thank goodness that John and his colleagues bore this producer no heed, for without their unique comedy sensibilities, there would be no Monty Python, and no Goodies. This little snippet was part of the narrative of John's life as revealed through An Evening With John Cleese, subtitled "The Alimony Tour", which I went to on Wednesday night. Although The Age critic was quite lukewarm on the show, I enjoyed it immensely, and there were some pearler lines. Some of my favourite anecdotes included John relating his father's view that the fact that the Germans bombed his sleepy home town of Weston-Super-Mare demonstrated that they had a sense of humour, and John stating that "everyone has their cross to bear" after showing us a photo of his late mother, Muriel Cross. The first half of the show was autobiographical, while the second half of the show was concerned with how John Cleese and his peers went about writing comedy. It was all lots of fun, and it was great to see John Cleese in the flesh, so to speak.
Thankfully, it is Friday now, and it is time for another French Friday with Dorie recipe. This week was baking (hooray!), and the recipe was cocoa sables. These are buttery, sandy-textured chcocolate biscuits flavoured with cocoa and chocolate, and brushed on the sides with egg and rolled in sugar.
They were absolutely delicious - I ate 4, which is again is unheard of for me unless the biscuits are really good. See what everyone else thought of the cocoa sables by visiting the LYL section of the FFwD website.