Peter Sellers’s Complete Guide To British Accents

Peter Sellers at home in Belgravia, London, 1973

Accent-switching is a wondrous talent, for entertainment or as an element of code-switching. Peter Sellers was a skilled intellect.

In a 1979 sketch, he presented “The Complete Guide To Accents of The British Isles”, as Don Shulman, an American professor of “accents and languages”. He travels through Europe and Britain playing numerous accents from John O’ Groats to Land’s End. Everything seems to be going well but then the sketch takes a dangerous turn…

“There was no Peter Sellers […] He was close to panic as himself and came alive only when he was impersonating someone else.” – Bruce Jay Friedman

Stream both parts below.

(via Open Culture)

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