John Cleese Reviews
Stephen Korbey from Toronto, Ontario
CANDID REMINISCENCE BY A HUGE ICON OF COMEDY.
John is older now, but still incisive and scathing of the ability of eighty percent of the global population. He is an incredible raconteur with a massive arsenal of stories referring to so many parts of our lives. His comedy is not always immediately accessible unless you are familiar with his body of work. If you are a fan, go see him. We arrived by Go train at Union, a short walk, via Kelly’s Landing, from the hall.
Roger from Fresno, California
It was great to be able to see Monty Python and the Holy Grail in a theater again. It was even better when Mr. Cleese was introduced by his daughter. The man is still a comedic genius and the crowd seemed very appreciative where I was sitting. I don't understand the negative review because he didn't get very political ( I guess some people are too thin skinned) at all. The people complaining don't seem to understand that Mr. Cleese pointed out some sad truths about our current political situation. That's good comedy! The person complaining about "not enough questions" had the opportunity to fill out as many question cards as they would have liked but apparently chose to not participate. I, along with my wife and 20 year old son, had a great time and if it would have been another half hour I would have rated it 5 stars. It was over way too quickly. If he comes back to Fresno, we will go again! Great night, great comedy with a legend! Come back Mr. Cleese!
Mike Kissner from Dallas, Texas
JOHN CLEESE AT IRVING TX
I was fully expecting the showing of Holy Grail but ended up disappointed that any "highlight" clips from the MPFC TV series and Fawlty Towers with his commentary on the clips was not part of the evening. I guess it would have made the show too long....but to have none? That would have been a much more effective and enjoyable use of time to spend with one of my all time favorite comedians! Most of his observations were funny and typical John Cleese. His anecdotal stories were also great.
Domenic from Cambridge, Ontario
WONDERFUL! IF THE DAMN THING HAD FINISHED PROPERLY!
It was lovely to see see Mr. Cleese regale us all with stories of his life, from boy to star, and a bit in between. He ventured into his childhood with his mother, his Pre, During, and Post Python years, and even talked of his personal sadness at the death of his friend and writing partner, Graham Chapman. All in all, it was a wonderful evening filled with hilarious anecdotes, and a comedy legend who, I'm sure, had too many stories to cram into two hours. But where were the questions?! We were promised a Q&A when purchasing our tickets but didn't get one! Both my date and myself were very disappointed that there was not even an apology for such an oversight, whatever the reason. If there had been some mention of something, I'm sure I would move on. Yet now I have a question unanswered, so perhaps I'll leave it with you. In your opinion, why do you think so many comedians of the 60's and 70's had such tormented personal lives, and what draws these types to comedy in the first place?
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!
Heathersneste from Charlotte, North Carolina
WAY BETTER THAN MOST REVIEWS WILL HAVE YOU BELIEVE.
First I want to say that there was no film in the beginning which many previous reviews had complained about. I love Cleese, but can not say I am a fan of Python, so no film made me very happy. The evening was highly intelligent and thought provoking. The fact that I was able to purchase discounted tickets via Groupon made it that much better! John Cleese is extremely intelligent and speaks to challenge your beliefs which obviously unnerved people since there were many empty seats, but what can you expect in Charlotte, NC.
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 $$!
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