Monty Python in the Boardroom

Comic John Cleese gets laughs with corporate training films

The role of St. Peter guarding heaven's gates is a suitably outrageous part for John Cleese, the madcap star of Monty Python's Flying Circus and Fawlty Towers, two of the most popular British comedy series ever to appear on American public TV. In a film called The Unorganised Manager, St. Peter returns an executive to earth to correct his "eleven deadly organizational sins."

The four-part movie may seem like just another Cleese farce, but it has a serious purpose. Its intended audience includes corporate executives, and the biting humor drives home a forceful message: managers cannot do a decent job, or...

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