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Fawlty Voicemails

Who says the English are civilized? British comedians Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand (the latter of this spring’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall) have stirred controversy in Britain by leaving a raunchy voicemail for Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs. They recorded the voicemail, in which Brand claims to have slept with Sach’s granddaughter, on their radio show after Sachs failed to answer their call at the agreed time. The duo have offered apologies to Sachs, but he was not their only victim. “Such a mind numbingly poor item during the show,” Julia Raeside writes in The Guardian, “was a crime against listeners, not to mention comedy.”

October 27, 2008 7:35 AM