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John Cleese Reviews

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Average customer review: 2.5 star rating (2.4 Stars)

Number of reviews: 31

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1.0 star rating Larry Campbell from New Jersey

NOT WORTH IT

I was terribly disappointed , as was the other 3 people in our party, with what we experienced at Bergen PAC in Englewood NJ on July 19th. The best way to summarize this is that we laughed more at the movie, which I have seen more than 50 times, than with Mr. Cleese’s performance. I was looking forward to experience my comedic hero’s genius that night and was shocked at how amateurish the performance was. Most of the QA seemed scripted and was generally boring. His daughter appeared to have been struggling with either a medication issue or an illness, I am trying to be polite. We all did not want to hear another comic express their political views to us either. We are very “tired” of hearing comics tell us what they think politically, as I am sure many others are as well. To pay over $125 per ticket this is not at all what we expected. Save your money and watch the Holy Grail in the comfort of your home.

1.0 star rating Carol from Ottawa, Ontario

NOPE

I went with friends. We had great seats. Although we thought Mr. Cleese's observations were interesting, we found the show to be only mildly funny. We never laughed out loud; at most we chuckled and smiled. Obviously a well-read, intelligent man, he has an eye for humour that he easily turned into amusing anecdotes. There was a discernible thread throughout his monologue. We were disappointed that he only spoke for about 45 minutes. There was a Q&A in which he did not answer the actual questions. Some were admittedly stupid and/or long-winded questions (come on, people!). He left us on a positive note when he replied to a particularly inane question about emotional intelligence by responding with expertly garbled words that spoke volumes about his opinion (and ours) about that question. In short, we paid a lot of money for a generally disappointing show. I wish I had spent our money on a coffee table which i know I could use and enjoy for more than 90 minutes. Wouldn't recommend.

1.0 star rating Kevin Basken from Winnipeg, Manitoba

DISAPPOINTING

My spouse and I attended the John Cleese show last evening. We are of the age who were privileged enough to grow up with Cleese’s amazing wit and wonderful manipulation of history and culture. Me Cleese holds high esteem in my memory of his lifetime of histerical work. Unfortunately his performance last night was mostly irrelevant and I found myself having to force a laugh here and there just to be polite. I certainly don’t wish to be cruel to one of my all time hero’s but I found his material old and worn. I’m afraid the phrase “Donald Trump” is no longer worthy of a giggle. Sorry John, I still love you.

1.0 star rating Bob Roberts from Fresno, California

DISAPPOINTING

You watch a 43 year old movie, then the star anticlimactically comes out to answer questions. He is accidentally funny, and then we all go home. 3 hours of life l will never get back.

1.0 star rating Andy Lorden from Saint john NB

ABSOLUTE WASTE

Been a fan for decades but we left 40 minutes in... waste of money and time. Not funny...didnt know his lines without a teleprompter...if i wanted to read a biography of him, i can google it. He must be broke....what an embarrassment to his legacy.

1.0 star rating Carolyn from Buffalo, New York

TERRIBLE

I brought my two boys, as their Christmas gift, to this show. It cost nearly $200.00 for the 3 of us and we are all big fans of the work of John Cleese. Unfortunately, there was very little mention of his life's work. The "show" mostly consisted of one sided political commentary, hypocritical comments about wealthy individuals and needless information about his ex-wives. He told a few lame ethnic jokes at the end but not once did we even crack a smile. The three of us sat through the bitter and humorless rantings of an angry old man and I for one felt like we were all just there to pay his alimony. The slide show behind him showed photos of people he was mentioning and an email address, no creativity, no irreverent humor. It was almost exactly 90 minutes and I would be grateful to have both the time and money back in my possession.

1.0 star rating AWB from Hershey, Pennsylvania

POLITICS IS CHEAP

I really am tired of entertainers giving their political opinion. Was looking forward to an evening of entertainment and instead it was not funny and really tired. Another reviewer said never meet your idol and I think that’s right. Not a night of humor in the vein of Monty Python

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