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How to Irritate People (1969)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy  -  21 January 1969 (USA)
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In this mock-documentary, John Cleese narrates a series of sketches on irritation -- types and techniques. Included are parents irritating their children, old ladies irritating movie-goers ... See full summary »

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Himself / Dad / Pepperpot / Boyfriend / Teddy / Man at Party / Son / Bored Pilot / Silly Job Interviewer / Presenter / Julian Trevelyan
Tim Brooke-Taylor ...
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Pepperpot / Restaurant Customer / Mr.Harris / Poofy Actor / Man in need of a lift / Mr.Bevis / Bored Pilot / Man with score card / Mr.Raymond / Gig Sanders / Dr.Rhomboid Good-Cabin
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Malcolm / Bona Fide Movie-Goer / Head Waiter / Mr.Gibson / Poofy Actor / Tom / Flight Attendant / Man with score card / Mr.Shande / Topic Announcer
Gillian Lind ...
Mum / Mother / Mrs.Raymond
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Pamela / Girlfriend / Restaurant Customer / Beryl
Dick Vosburgh ...
Waiter / Man with gun / Man with score card
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In this mock-documentary, John Cleese narrates a series of sketches on irritation -- types and techniques. Included are parents irritating their children, old ladies irritating movie-goers in a theater, an overly subservient waiter, a car repairman denying obvious car trouble, a party guest hinting for a ride, airplane pilots playing practical jokes on their passengers, and a talk show host who doesn't stop talking. Written by Samuel Stoddard <ss1@christa.unh.edu>

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John Cleese on How to Irritate People  »

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In this special, John Cleese coins the term "Pepperpot" which means "a certain type of middle-aged woman who uses irritation as a way of life; it's the only thing she's really good at." This is the word for the little old ladies portrayed by Cleese and his colleagues on Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969) See more »

Quotes

Teddy: What animal makes the noise, "meow?"
Mrs.Maurice: A car?
Teddy: Nearly! Ca... ca... ca...
Mrs.Maurice: Ca... ca... bus?
Teddy: No. Ca... ca...
Mrs.Maurice: Aeroplane?
Teddy: No, no! Ca... ca... ca...
Mrs.Maurice: Ca... ca... ca... MOTOR TORPEDO BOAT!
Teddy: NO, NO, NO! Ha, ha, ha... bad luck, Mrs. Morris, jolly good try. No, Mrs. Morris, what ANIMAAAAAAL... ha, ha... makes the noise "meow?"
Mrs.Maurice: Oh, that's easy. A cat.
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Not Dire
21 December 2003 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Lets not forget what we are watching here. This is a Python like tv episode of early sketch comedy. For a present audience, yes, it has many gaps and holes with very little if no comedy. But don't forget, this was produced in 1968! Before Laugh In and seven years before SNL! For what Python was doing then, was not only genius what probably the funniest act on television to the date. So, before you act critical, think again. This is what motivated much of the sketch comedy we see on television today.


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