John Cleese

Idle thoughts and Cleese observations on comedy legends

Monty Python's Eric Idle and John Cleese open the latest leg of the their Together Again At Last...For The Very First Time tour in Victoria

Author Neil Gaiman posted the Tweet on Wednesday:

“I just remembered that I liked Twitter better in the days before I thought of it as the ‘Oh Dear God What Has Donald Trump Done Now’ place.”

It may seem like an odd quote with which to launch a piece promoting a visit from legendary Monty Python comics John Cleese and Eric Idle to Victoria.

But we thought Twitter might be a good place to find some insight into what occupies their thoughts these days, and if @EricIdle and @JohnCleese are to be believed, these comedy icons are still fuelled by poking holes into the nonsense that passes for the human condition.

Idle’s feed is full of retweets pointing out the flaws, excesses and scary behaviours of the wannabe president with the apparently grabby hands and the obviously remarkable hair.

Cleese, meanwhile, fires out trademark dry barbs to virtually anyone and anything that rolls his eyes.

Oct 7

Surprised that at during a long press conference today in Bilbao, all the questions were about Monty Python. Not a mention of Fawlty Towers.

Very sorry to hear scalpers in Seattle are making $200 profit on each ‘Together Again’ tour ticket And they contribute absolutely NOTHING..”

The scalper tickets remark is particularly relevant to Vancouver Island fans since it not only may explain why the duo had no need to talk to media in advance of their upcoming Victoria shows, it also serves notice as to the difficulty they may have getting tickets.

The Together Again At Last…For The Very First Time tour opens its third leg Oct. 16 with three shows at Victoria’s McPherson Theatre. All three sold out almost immediately upon release, but a handful of extra tickets have now been made available.

Preceding other B.C. shows in Vancouver and Kelowna, the Victoria dates mark the resumption of a tour that took place last year in the North American east, and continued this spring in Australia and New Zealand.

Eric IdleThe Sidney Morning Herald described the show as a “gentle jaunt through their careers, with the spotlight mainly on Monty Python’s history and highlights.”

“Seated on plump red armchairs, Cleese and Eric Idle reminisce about the early days and beyond, their anecdotes fleshed out with clips of sketches from TV and film over the decades. It’s startling how fresh, innovative and subversive the clips seem, even now. And utterly bonkers, too.”

Promotional material indicates Cleese and Idle will “blend scripted and improvised bits with storytelling, musical numbers, exclusive footage and aquatic juggling to create a unique comedic experience with every performance.

“No two shows will be quite the same, thus ensuring that every audience feels like they’re seeing Together Again At Last… For The Very First Time, for the very first time. And now you know why the show is called that, don’t you?

Best known as founding members of Monty Python, Cleese and Idle are now into the fifth decade of a career that has seen them work together and separately as writers, producers and performers with shows like Spamalot, A Fish Called Wanda, Fawlty Towers and The Rutles.

According Cleese’s bio “In his twilight years, John passes his time writing film scripts, giving speeches to business audiences, doing seminars on creativity, teaching at Cornell, paying alimony, and doting on three huge cats and a fish.”

Idle meanwhile, “sings, tours, acts in bad movies, writes annoying songs, and generally never shuts up. Despite having Grammy®, Tony®, Writer’s Desk, Lifetime Achievement, and numerous other awards thrust at him, Eric refuses to go away quietly. It’s not right.”

The duo plays Victoria Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Click here for ticket information for those shows. For information on other tour dates, click here.

Just Posted

Langford considers regulating sale of spray paint following string of vandalism

Regulations could involve restricting sale to minors, locking up spray paint

French Open at Bear Mountain serves a winner

The US Open is scheduled for Sept. 3 to 8 on the hardcourts at Henderson Park in Oak Bay

Union Club of B.C. votes in its first female president

16-year member Grace Van den Brink previously served as vice president

Convicted drug trafficker asks Victoria courtroom for chance to ‘turn this around’

Horst Schirmer sentenced for convictions on five counts of possession related to trafficking

Alzheimer Society calls for helpline volunteers in Greater Victoria

Charity is in ‘urgent need’ as calls on the rise

VIDEO: Trans Mountain expansion project gets green light, again

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the decision in Ottawa on Tuesday afternoon

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of June 18

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you support the government’s decision to approve the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion?

The federal government announced Tuesday its approval for the Trans Mountain pipeline… Continue reading

Man to be sentenced for sexual abuse of young girl in Nanaimo

Stephen Mark Castleden also sentenced for child pornography-related charges

MPs hear retired B.C. nurse’s petition to change compensation for fatal medical errors

Teri McGrath wants provinces to implement no-fault system for medical errors

Horgan says he’ll still defend B.C. coast after second Trans Mountain approval

Meanwhile, one B.C. First Nation has announced plans for a legal challenge

VIDEO: Firefighters stop blaze from spreading after BMW crashes at Saratoga Speedway

Victoria-based businessmen were ‘corner training’ on Father’s Day when incident took place

Demonstrators on either side of Trans Mountain debate clash in Vancouver

Crowd heard from member of Indigenous-led coalition that hopes to buy 51% of expansion project

Grieving B.C. mom hopes Facebook message leads to new investigation into son’s Surrey homicide

Criminal Justice Branch didn’t lay charges, concluding no substantial likelihood of murder or manslaughter conviction

Most Read