“If you make jokes about people who are going to kill you, there is a tendency to hold back a little,” says John Cleese in a 2014 interview with HBO’s Bill Maher. In a fast moving exchange, both comedians attack the excesses of political correctness.
Tune into my rendition of the 34 best seconds of John Cleese as he explains the danger of censoring comedy. I added the captions to make it easier to follow. As the logos roll, I tucked a short clip from Monty Python into an old television set.
The original segment runs almost five minutes, including the Bill Maher portion (which I cut).