John Cleese Explains the Difference Between American and British Comedy Fans

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“The Americans are more enthusiastic and more likely to engage in hyperbole. The British fans are liable to suddenly be talking to you about something that you don’t know how you got into the conversation. I think it’s something to do with the fact that they’ve been watching you for so many years, sort of you telling your story; they want to tell you their story … So the Americans I’d say are much more positive, they’re much more in love with success. In Britain they’re a fairly envious bunch and they love it if you fail.”

- John Cleese talks American vs. British comedy fans, Fawlty Towers, and working as a comedy writer in an interview with NPR.