Hey, that's Mr. Bean!!!

Over the last several weeks (... well, months, actually), I've been binge-watching Seasons 2-17 of THE GREATEST TV SHOW OF ALL T- er, I mean, TOP GEAR*. Last night I was watching Series 17, Episode 4, and the guest for that episode was, of course, the one and only Rowan Atkinson:



Now, my American readers will have to bear with me for a moment, because this is a chap that almost NOBODY on this side of the Pond has ever heard of.

For the Brits among you, however, you know what I mean when I say that Rowan Atkinson may well be the single most talented and hilarious comedian alive today.

As you can see from the interview above, his comedy skills are astonishing- and they range from purely physical comedy, in the form of pulling weird faces, to verbal comedy, in the form of hilarious enunciation of very specific words. But few people who didn't grow up watching old BBC series like Blackadder will not know that he combines these prodigious talents with quite remarkable ease.

Consider, for instance, his turn as Captain Blackadder in the seminal episode, "Blackadder Goes Forth":



And then there are his comedy specials. Here is what happens when Rowan Atkinson decides to play Hell's doorman- who goes by the rather innocuous name of "Toby":



I cannot express how utterly delighted I am by the fact that the French go to Hell...

There is quite a lot more of this sort of thing. Witness, for instance, what happens when he plays a waiter at an Indian restaurant:



And some more of that:







But my absolute favourite clip, hands-down, has got to be when Mr. Atkinson plays a priest reading out Scripture, as only he can:



Now, remember, this is the exact same guy who plays a mostly mute bumbling doofus for lowest common denominator slapstick routines as Mr. Bean:



Truly, the man's talents are unlimited.

*I don't know whether to bless or curse Amazon Prime for putting all of those episodes up. On the one hand, they are EXTREMELY funny and a terrific way to unwind after a difficult day. On the other hand... there is absolutely no point asking me about any TV show that other people enjoy watching, because I just don't bother with anything else anymore.

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  1. Most of those of us on this side of the Pond know who Rowan Atkinson, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, and Eric Idle are.

    When our options are Whoopi Goldberg, Sarah Silverman, Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer, Adam Sandler, and Jeanine Garofalo, We must look wherever we can for something that's more humorous than the simple fact that they are considered comedians.

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