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My wife and I went to Parx to see John Cleese last night. I thoroughly enjoyed his show. The man is a comic genius. I do understand why some of the reviewers on this site found him less than hilarious. To appreciate Mr. Cleese, a familiarity with his body of work is essential. Being a longtime fan, I feel I am absolutely his target audience. He began with a few stories about his family and youth, and then went on to recount his introduction into show business and the genesis of Monty Python. The show was interspersed with video clips of his work beginning with "The Frost Report" and continuing through "A Fish Called Wanda". Even though I knew most of the stories, I found myself laughing out loud many times during the evening. My only disappointment was his failure to mention "Fawlty Towers". I would heartily recommend this show to any fan of John Cleese' work.
John Backewich from Waterloo, Ontario
WORTH THE TRIP FROM WATERLOO
I am a sucker for the past and very much enjoyed the variety Mr. Cleese shared. I wish the Q and A was not part of the show and possibly had him share memories from Fawlty Towers. Too much of a brilliant lifetime to fit into 90 minutes. After reading the reviews it appears people are so very critical. Not sure what their expectations were exactly. Perhaps they suffer from a Covid hangover. Continued success Mr. Cleese.
Mara Nesbitt from Kitchener, Ontario
I paid $150.00 for a 1 hour show and although I did laugh at his comments, it was not the John Cleese I expected to see.
A short picture of Fawlty Towers with no comment on the show itself, plus a brief mention of Monty Python was very disappointing.
NOT the John Cleese I expected to see, and way overpriced for such a short show, it felt incomplete.
Dennis from Madison, Wisconsin
90 minutes, no intermission. The 90 minutes
included a slightly late start, an introduction
that was too long and really unnecessary.
Mr.Cleese talked about stupidity and
psychology and incompetence for about 35
minutes, a moderator came back, they talked
for about 45 minutes and then a stage
manager came on and said this was the last
question. Lights up out the doors. Sound
boring? I have heard many college lectures that
were as witty and clever. John Cleese was
brilliant in his day, but he is now a man who is
famous for being a celebrity and must have to
tour to pay the alimony from his many
marriages. John, you say you are a writer and
you once were brilliant.Time to turn off the
television in your hotel room and try to write
some life back into this tired act. Sorry to say,
skip this show.
Kevin from Boston, Massachusetts
NEVER MEET YOUR IDOL
I was excited to see John Cleese in
person, but pretty disappointed when
he spoke. He ranted a lot about his ex
wives. First of all, I can hear that kind
of talk for much less money on a bad
date. Second of all, it wasn't funny. In
fact it was kind of mean. I started to
get a feeling about why so many
marriages did not work out. I just
read a saying recently that you should
.never meet your idol (because you
will probably be disappointed) and I
think that rings true in this case.
Also, most of the evening was
watching the movie!
Stewart from Ottawa, Ontario
DISAPPOINTING SHOW AT THE NAC
From the get-go I felt that despite my lack of any expectation I would be
disappointed with John Cleese's appearance at Ottawa's National Arts Centre. At
$100+ per amphitheatre seat, I was anticipating at least the odd chuckle and a
couple of belly-laughs; but it was not to be. The sound was terrible and was made
worse by fact that he spoke very quickly during the monologue portion of the show -
my ears could not listen fast enough and I felt as though I was constantly decoding.
Mr. Cleese spoke about critics and offered advice to an apparently-aspiring critic in
the crowd by saying that they should not be mean. As such, I will offer that this
show was not up to the standard that I have come to expect from Mr. Cleese
through my longtime following of his TV shows, movies and management videos.
The "fireside chat" portion of the show, where he sat and chatted with a local DJ was,
in a word, boring and offered no flow. In the least mean way possible - not good
value for my $$!
John Holden from Ottawa, Ontario
Mr. Cleese presented a fifty minute diatribe on general incompetence, stupidity, and how idiots came
to run the world. They don't know they are stupid, you see. He then anwered a few questions from
a moderator and the audience, His responses were mildly humorous but seemed to be one-size-fits-
all set pieces that were stored until needed. The show eneded promptly at the 90 minute mark and I
could not help but get the feeling that Mr. Cleese had been mentally looking at his watch and
thinking; "Will this never end?" He did have a good line about Canada; "There is nothing wrong with
your country that could not be cured by towing it 1500 miles south". Save your money and watch a
Fawlty Towers re-run instead.
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