08:58 AM, Nov 03, 2009
Entering the stage to the tune of Monty Pyrhon an kicking off the US leg of his How To Finance Your Divorce Tour, Cleese's admitted he was doing shows because, "frankly I need the money!" He then began a diatribe of how his former wife ("the love child of Bernie Madoff and Heather Mills") and her attorney (an Ork - complete with photo comparison!) won a settlement to the tune of $20 Million in California divorce court. It was funnier than hell and for about 2 hours, he didn't let up. His not so slight dark humor continued as he spoke of growing up in Weston-super-Mare, England, of family life, school days, college days (where he met Graham Chapman), radio, TV writing for David Frost, Marty Feldman and ultimately how he, Chapman, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam began Monty Python's Flying Circus. He also spoke of movies - Holy Grail, Life of Brian, Fish Called Wanda, Fierce Creatures, Silverado... etc. Along the way were clips from and comments about Python, Fawlty Towers, Frost, the 1948 Show, etc. Cleese was classy and entertaining, engaging and hilarious. He has an easy manner on stage and interacts well with the crowd - his 30 minute question and answer period closed the show. I'd strongly recommend catching his show... it's not just a lot of spam, spam, spam...
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