It is true that I began to listen to Cabin Pressure because of Benedict Cumberbatch. He was BRILLIANT (saying that word in Author’s voice) as the magnificent man on a flying machine. However the more I listened to the show, the more I was overwhelmed by the writer, John Finnemore’s wittiness and awesomeness. Up to now I might have repeated every episode of Cabin Pressure for at least 5 times, and it still cracks me up so hard.
While waiting for the new season to be made, I started searching for other things written by John Finnemore. Here I’m quoting this sketch from John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme. It is probably not the most funny scene from the show. But interestingly, when I find my facebook feeds overwhelmed by verbal punches about various issues, I think I share John’s feeling…
JF: I know, like the other day - my nephew got me to play tennis with him and I was awful
KATE: Oh no!
JF: Yeah, he wiped the floor with me. He’s only twelve
KATE: God, poor you
JF: I know. I mean, I was never brilliant at it, but I used to play every weekend, I was alright.
KATE: I suppose you’re just out of practice
RUDE MAN: Well yeah, and also you’ll have put on a lot of weight.
RUDE MAN: Uh, well, no offence but you are quite fat now. I assume you weren’t when you were playing tennis every week.
JF: Sorry, have we met?
RUDE MAN: No. Oh, sorry, yeah I should have said - I’m the sort of person that likes to speak my mind.
RUDE MAN: Yes, that’s the thing about me, I’m afraid I don’t really hold with political correctness. I mean, when you think about it, why should I have to filter what I say because someone else might not like my opinions? No, I just call a spade a spade… Oh, Kate’s gone.
JF: Oh, well that’s very, um…refreshing, I suppose.
RUDE MAN: I think so, it’s more honest, isn’t it?
JF: Do you find people sometimes get offended?
RUDE MAN: Well, sometimes, yes, but the way I see it, I speak as I find and if people don’t like it, that’s their problem, really
JF: I agree, actually. You’re quite right
RUDE MAN: I’m glad to hear it. Because I’m that kind of a Marmite person actually, people either love me or hate me.
JF: Yeah, I bet they do. Well, um, if you’ll excuse me…
RUDE MAN: What?
JF: Well I need a wee.
RUDE MAN: Oh right, okay.
JF: Excuse me. (undoes zip) So, how do you come to know-
RUDE MAN: What- what are you doing?
RUDE MAN: You said you were going to the loo
JF: No, I didn’t, I said I needed a wee. Oh, sorry, I should have said. I’m the sort of person that just wees on the floor.
RUDE MAN: That’s disgusting!
JF: Yeah, that’s the thing about me. I’m afraid I don’t really hold with going to the loo. I mean, when you think about it, why should I have to go off to a little room because someone might not like my urine? No, I just wee where I stand. It’s more honest, isn’t it?
RUDE MAN: But you’re splashing me!
JF: Yeah, well people do get splashed sometimes, but the way I see it, I urinate where I like, and if other people don’t like it that’s their problem, really.
RUDE MAN: You’re disgusting!
JF: Yeah, well I’m kinda like a Marmite-flavoured toothpaste person - people hate me.
(Source of Transcript: X )