Martin Clunes slams John Cleese

Last week the Fawlty Towers funnyman blamed TV bosses, saying, "They don't want to pay good writers."

But the former Men Behaving Badly star told the Sun: "John Cleese certainly hasn't made any good comedy since the 80s!"

He continued: "Isn't it curious how successful people only think there's only success in their day?

"There's a lot of it about, unfortunately."

Martin, who is currently filming for a new series of Doc Martin for ITV1, hit back at Cleese: "There's been loads of good comedy... There's even loads at the moment.

"What about Lead Balloon, Outnumbered, Pulling and Free Agents?

"Sharon Horgan's a real talent and her fellow writer Chris Niel is amazing."

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As a huge fan of John cleese, I love his writing. My taste in comedy has changed over the years but can honestly say that Fawlty Towers is the only one I can still watch without getting bored of it and still laugh out loud. Where as Men Behaving Badly was childishly written, not even funny and probably only appealed to the sad men that the characters revolved around. I know which one I would vote for. Cleese can do no wrong in my opinion. Martin Clunes on the other hand, isnt remotely funny so why put him into comedies???
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Martin who? Cleese is right, comedy isn't what it was in the eighties, and it's not what it was in the fifties or the thirties or the middle ages. It evolves! Cleese prefer what he and his LEGENDARY cohorts did over the rehashed dribble that we get today. and that is his right.
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I agree with Martin..
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There is some good comedy but also loads of dross. Out of the two, I'd trust Cleese over Clunes. Cleese actually wrote classic comedy, Clunes spoke someone else's lines on a show (Men Behaving Badly) that only really appealed to teenage boys and in the main has not stood the test of time. Plus he is now insisting on digging up the corpse of Reggie Perrin and doing rude things to the memory of a great show from the 70s.
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