probably owe my life to the fact that I couldn't get the rest of them
to vote for my material. Graham and I wrote this savage attack on
the Ayatollah Khomeini, about this frenzied loony with all these religious
objections to toilet paper. It was just a scurrilous, way over-the-top
attack on Islamic extremists. I thought it was hilarious, and the
others didn't, so it never got in. And I owe my life to that, because
we would've got at least a fatwah each. Actually, maybe that's what
happened to Graham..."
John Cleese, on writing scenes for Monty Python's
Meaning of Life with Graham Chapman and the other members of Monty Python;
interview in "Ullo John, Gotta New Ending?," by Andrew Collins,
Empire magazine, February 1997, pp. 64-67.