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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
Phil Zoda from Hamilton, NJ
LAST NIGHT AT PARX
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.
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.
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