A lawyer acting for the writer said: ‘Mr. Cleese needs to protect the legacy of Mr. Cleese; which is why he has issued Mr. Cleese with a cease and desist notice. Mr. Cleese cannot expect to be subsidized by Mr. Cleese. One is a beloved comedy genius and the other is the star of a ‘Specsaver's advert’. Similarly, the entire ‘Monty Python’ team have been accused of repeatedly plagiarizing the same hackneyed theme of a cross-dressing grumpy northerner, with a deceased pet. Like so many comedians they have avoided gainful employment in order to stay on the welfare system – or ‘panel show circuit’ as it is known.
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