by Mike Springer, Open Culture: http://www.openculture.com/2012/05/john_cleese_plays_the_devil.html
Hell. We tend to take it for granted. Have you ever stopped to think about the heating bills, or the stupendous overhead?
John Cleese plays a cash-strapped Prince of Darkness in this classic sketch from The Frost Report,
the show that launched Cleese as a television star in Britain. He was
26 years old at the time.
The program was hosted by David Frost, who is
perhaps best known for his 1977 interviews of Richard Nixon.
four other future Monty Python comedians on the writing staff of The Frost Report - Graham
Chapman, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Eric Idle - but only Cleese was a
The show was broadcast in 1966 and 1967, with each weekly
episode centered around a particular theme, like love, leisure, class
and authority. The “Souls in Torment Appeal” is from a March 24, 1966
program about sin. It’s a funny sketch.