domenica 4 ottobre 2009

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Graham Chapman

Sono passati vent'anni dal giorno in cui Graham Chapman tirò le cuoia. Non riusciremmo mai a scrivere un necrologio che sia degno di questo nome, perciò quest'oggi vi riportiamo fedelmente il discorso funebre di John Cleese, suo compagno d'avventure nei Monty Python:
Graham Chapman, co-author of the 'Parrot Sketch', is no more.

He has ceased to be, bereft of life, he rests in peace, he has kicked the bucket, hopped the twig, bit the dust, snuffed it, breathed his last, and gone to meet the Great Head of Light Entertainment in the sky, and I guess that we're all thinking how sad it is that a man of such talent, such capability for kindness, of such unusual intelligence should now be so suddenly spirited away at the age of only forty-eight, before he'd achieved many of the things of which he was capable, and before he'd had enough fun.

Well, I feel that I should say, "Nonsense. Good riddance to him, the freeloading bastard! I hope he fries."

And the reason I feel I should say this is, he would never forgive me if I didn't, if I threw away this glorious opportunity to shock you all on his behalf. Anything for him but mindless good taste. I could hear him whispering in my ear last night as I was writing this:

"Alright, Cleese," he was saying, "you're very proud of being the first person ever to say 'shit' on british television. If this service is really for me, just for starters, I want you to become the first person ever at a british memorial service to say 'fuck'!"

Morirono così