Last Call: The time Rowan Atkinson interviewed Elton John

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Lately I’ve been on a Rowan Atkinson kick. His stand-up special is 70 of the funniest minutes ever recorded on film. (The roll call bit! The drumming!) That camera pan-up to Atkinson at the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony—and the crowd of 80,000 roaring at his appearance—was utterly delightful.


If all you’ve seen of Atkinson is Mr. Bean (and it remains one of my favorites), watch those two clips first. Then watch this from 1991, where Atkinson “interviews” Elton John. I’ll bet you don’t see the kicker ending coming.

Kevin Pang was the founding editor of The Takeout, and director of the documentary For Grace.

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I don’t know that I’ve found any scene funnier than this one (although Baldrick gets the best line of the bit):