John Cleese on American Football vs Football (aka Soccer)

John Cleese in an edifying excerpt from The Art of Football from A to Z which was created for World Cup 2006. The complete film cover topics from Attack to Zeitgeist with Offside and Economics in between, in Cleese’s distinctive style of absurd erudition. It features brief clips of lots of famous folks ranging from celebrities Wim Wenders, Bono, the late Dennis Hopper, and Henry Kissinger to soccer stars like Pele and Michael Ballack.

In case you think this an anomaly, here’s a football sketch from Cleese and chums in the days of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Enjoy!


Actor, nerd, poet, producer, writer mikl-em made his name short so you wouldn't have to. In addition to his blog you can find his writing in "Hi Fructose" magazine and witness him almost life-sized in various plays at The Dark Room Theater in SF's Mission district.

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