Wiza Boasts Creative Crosswalk w/ Monty Python Star
City Times Staff
Mayor Mike Wiza’s office on Tuesday released an announcement that Monty Python co-founder and acclaimed actor John Cleese had “learned” about the city’s Creative Crosswalk.
Wiza rubbed elbows with Cleese at the Weidner Center in Green Bay on Jan. 23, where a screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail was held. Wiza said he was introduced to Cleese after approaching a Cleese staffer armed with a YouTube video of the city’s Creative Crosswalk on Downtown Main St. — which was inspired by a Monty Python sketch.
“I had to get tickets, as a fan, and also try to tell Mr. Cleese that he was our inspiration for the crosswalk, which has been a huge success,” Wiza said in the news release. “He loved the story of our crosswalk and asked to see the video.”
When asked which metric he used to deem the crosswalk as a “huge success” Wiza pointed to the number of views the crosswalk’s video has garnered on YouTube.
“It has the most views and hits of anything we’ve ever done,” Wiza said by email Tuesday. “Based on the small investment of about $250, we’ve achieved more publicity than most other avenues, per dollar. Add that to the fact that people still use it and talk about it, it still creates a good feeling and now a world renown celebrity is associated with it… I’d call it a huge success.”
Cleese autographed the sign, according to the release, and posed for photos with Wiza. He said the autographed sign will be framed “hung up for everyone to see,” according to the release.