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The Parrot May Be Dead, But John Cleese Is Not

John Cleese is undoubtedly a comedy legend. Among his many credits: he is a founding-member of Monty Python, co-creator and star of the sitcom “Fawlty Towers,” and he wrote and co-starred in the film “A Fish Called Wanda.” Cleese recently toured the U.S. and Canada with his one man show “Last Time To See Me Before I Die.” 

But despite the morbid title John Cleese is still actively writing and performing for the stage, movies and television. Host Frank Stasio speaks with Cleese about the behind-the-scenes stories from his many years in comedy, including how the Monty Python troupe settled on a Norwegian Blue parrot in the famous dead parrot sketch.

Cleese will be at the Durham Performing Arts Center this evening at 7:30 p.m. for a screening of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” followed by a Q&A with the audience. 

Laura Pellicer is a digital reporter with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team. She's currently filling in as the station's digital news editor.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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