I have no idea what’s going on in the video above because I don’t speak British, but goddamn is it hilarious.
I came across Kenny Everette while watching Bloodbath at the House of Death. His first scene is just him in a car explaining the plot in an absurdly British way. I probably found it funnier than what was intended because I forgot that they drive on the other side of the road. But it occurred to me: this might be the greatest comedic performance of all time.
I know, I know… “but James, don’t you notoriously hate the British?” you might be wondering.
And that’s not true at all (it’s probably the Swedes you’re thinking of). Sure I said, “Winston Churchill would have gone down as another drunken Brit if the Americans and FDR didn’t bail him out.” But that doesn’t mean I hate ALL British people. Hell, I love Marmite!
Now clearly not all of Everette’s jokes land. But even when a joke appears to be DOA, he takes it in a complete opposite direction. Pure genius.
So it’s unfortunate that he isn’t more famous in the States. It’s sad, actually. So I did more research.
Kenny Everette died of AIDS in 95.