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John Cleese Reviews

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Average customer review: 2.5 star rating (2.3 Stars)

Number of reviews: 22



2.0 star rating J.B. from Winnipeg, Manitoba


Not impressed! Very little structure! Random rants about politics. Noting about what started his live of comedy. Took about 8-10 questions from audience. With introductions from two people- less than 1 1:2 hours. Not worth the money!!!

2.0 star rating Cory Stephens from Horseshoe Bay, Tx


I was so excited to take my two children to see John but things rapidly grew tedious. The seating at Bass Concert Hall is incredibly uncomfortable. Within forty minutes we were all squirming, trying to get circulation in our legs. The show began with Cleese warming up the audience with some jokes all of which were "borrowed" from other comics and that disappointed me. I understand that Cleese is over eighty and as a speaker, he is quite amazing. However, I learned absolutely nothing I did not already know which as a result had my son and myself nodding off. The presentation was basically a PowerPoint with clips from Monty Python and like any clip show it felt like filler. After a clip of Cleese at Chapman's funeral John walked back on stage and basically said, "Show's over. Good night," and walked off abruptly confusing us. He never spoke about his life past Fish Called Wanda. I was waiting for some "Q" stories or something I was not familiar with. I could have stayed home.

1.0 star rating Larry Campbell from New Jersey


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


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


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


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


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.


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