February 21, 2011

HUMOR: PETER SELLERS TO JOHN LENNON

A celebration of humor and laughter. "The most wasted of all days is one without laughter," said e.e. cummings. For Milton Berle, "Laughter is an instant vacation." I've always liked this quote by Victor Borge, who said, "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people." The 1960s saw a great revolution in humor. Surrealism and the satire boom that grew out of college troupes inspired a long family tree of humorists, from Peter Sellers (The Goons) to Peter Cook (Beyond the Fringe), Richard Lester, John Lennon, Monty Python, Eddie Izzard and beyond. Here are some archived posts you might enjoy: Peter Sellers to John Lennon, Satire/Surrealism Boom in the UK. There are many video clips included in the posts. If Spy Vibers are looking for some retro/comedy espionage to rent or steam, check out What's Up Tiger Lily (1966), Casino Royale (1967), OSS 117 Cairo: Nest of Spies (2006), Our Man Flint (1966), In Like Flint (1967), The Silencers (1966), and the Shaw Brothers' The Golden Buddha (1966). There are many spy spoofs, but these are among the best.

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