Peter Cook picked as world's top comic
LONDON (Reuters) - Peter Cook has been picked as the world's most talented comedian in a poll of more than 300 comics, comedy writers, producers and directors on both sides of the Atlantic.
The British comedian, who first rose to fame in the satirical show "Beyond The Fringe," took the title ahead of "Monty Python" star John Cleese.
Canadian Mike Myers, famed for his role as Austin Powers, said of Cook's quirky and distinctive humour: "I didn't know dirty words could be done that artfully."
Third in the poll conducted by Channel 4 television show "The Comedians' Comedian" was American film-maker Woody Allen.
A bit mental but I liked Peter Cook. His "High Court Judge" piece is one of the funiest things I have seen.