King Charles's Coronation 'made me laugh until I HURT', says John Cleese

King Charles's Coronation 'made me laugh until I HURT', says John Cleese

John Cleese reveals King Charles's Coronation left him in hysterics

Ben Chapman

By Ben Chapman

Published: 19/11/2023

- 21:50

King Charles's Coronation took place in May

John Cleese has revealed King Charles III’s Coronation left him in hysterics.

Speaking on The Dinosaur Hour to comedian Rob Schneider, Cleese said the historic event resulted in “laughter until I hurt”.

While Cleese recognised many were “touched” by Charles’ crowning moment, he instead took particular notice of the “silly” costumes.

“When I was younger, I used to laugh until it hurt”, he said.

John Cleese

John Cleese discusses King Charles's Coronation


“I had that recently watching the Coronation. I watched it with my wife. She always watches television in bed with lots of cats around.

“I watched it and thought, this is a [Monty] Python sketch. People in silly costumes taking something seriously.


Rob Schneider

John Cleese spoke to comedian Rob Schneider


“I laughed until I hurt. I hadn’t done that for about 30 years. I’m glad I wasn’t in the cathedral!”

Schneider waded in by concurring with the sentiments put forward by Cleese, saying it was a “very silly” scene.

He compared Charles’ crown to a “popcorn hat”.

Cleese went on to acknowledge those “very touched” by the event, adding “bless them”.

Welby at the Coronation

The Coronation of King Charles III took place in May


“Then there are naughty people like me who think it’s funny”, he remarked.

Charles’ Coronation in May was embraced by the British public with more than 18 million viewers tuning in across the UK.

Cleese was one of them, but he admits to not engaging with the event in a similar manner to most who tuned in.

The comedy legend branded it the “sweetest laughter of all”, when you are “not allowed to laugh”, which he felt was the general sentiment towards the Coronation.

Schneider added it could be seen as a “danger” to have a sense of humour, due to the possibility of finding things funny at moments that could be deemed inappropriate.

“If you’ve got a sense of humour, you could at any time look at something and find it funny”, he said.

“It could be something out of the ordinary, and certainly something that other people don’t find funny.

“It’s a wonderful thing. When you’re not allowed to laugh.”

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