(TELEGRAPH) — He has had a career spanning 50 years in the comedy industry, and is still doing stand up tours across the world.
But the man who became known as the frustrated eccentric hotelier Basil Fawlty fears the golden age of comedy could now be over.
John Cleese, who helped transform the British comedy scene with his work on Monty Python, said he feels comics are challenged to be more daring and unique each time, making it increasingly difficult to come up with original material.
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He declares being funny is “the hardest thing in the world” and that he feels the golden age of comedy was in the mid 1950s.