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Show dates: Oct. 16-17, 2015
Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets start at $59.50
Living legends John Cleese and Eric Idle make their must-see return to the US from October 1 to 31 in John Cleese & Eric Idle: Together Again At Last… For The Very First Time. The 13-city tour will see the British icons perform unforgettable sit-down comedy at premier venues in Sarasota, Ft. Meyers, West Palm Beach, Miami, Clearwater, Orlando, Savannah, Atlanta, Charlotte, Baltimore, and more!*
As founding members of Monty Python, Cleese and Idle are unarguably among the godfathers of modern comedy, helping to pioneer an irreverent, absurdist sensibility that is emulated by comics around the world to this very day. As individuals, they have written, performed and produced some of the most beloved and critically-acclaimed shows of all-time like Spamalot, A Fish Called Wanda, Fawlty Towers and The Rutles.
In Together Again At Last… For The Very First Time, Cleese and Idle will blend scripted and improvised bits with storytelling, musical numbers, exclusive footage, aquatic juggling and an extended audience Q&A to craft a unique comedic experience with every performance. No two shows will be quite the same, thus ensuring that every audience feels like they’re seeing Together Again At Last… For The Very First Time, for the very first time. And now you know why the show is called that, don’t you?
“Good evening and welcome to an evening without Michael Palin,” echoes through the theater as a red X appears on top of a projection of Palin.
Ah, good to see the Pythons still have their biting sense of humor.
John Cleese and Eric Idle, two of Palin’s colleagues in seminal comedy troupe Monty Python, took the stage at the Dr. Phillips Center Friday night for the first of two shows titled “Together Again At Last… For the Very First Time.”
There are a few reasons these “legends in conversation” type tours do well: Fans want to hear the old classics again, fans want to get some insight into their idols, fans want to feel their part of something special.
In more than two hours on stage, Cleese and Idle provided all of the above.
While Monty Python’s television and film appearances had a heightened energy about them, this reunion was a lot more low-key. The gents, settled in plush red arm chairs, discussed old times such as how they met and their pre-Python careers.
But it was no mere history lesson. Even in casual conversation, the men are funny — full of quips and sly turns of phrase. The Python sense of anarchy is still there, too.
Cleese is particularly cantankerous — calling Palin’s travel programs “dreadful” and letting loose a pointed zinger against his third ex-wife over their costly divorce. His current marriage seems to be going well, though. He described his wife: “Mad as a hatter, but I love her to death.”
Other sputtering from Cleese: “There’s really nothing funnier than true stupidity… Oh, I had a few examples of that today.” Later, he went on a comic tirade over the foolishness of calling the American sport “football” when the players all use their hands.
“This, from a country that plays cricket,” Idle interjected deftly.
Among the sketches performed by the men was a classic TV set in a very unusual funeral parlor. “I’m sorry,” Idle apologized in advance for the tasteless — but deliciously funny — piece. A sketch in a bookstore (the diehards know this one) let Cleese assume his persona of “frazzled man surrounded by lunacy” to great effect.
Cleese talked about his love of comedy that tackles the taboo subjects — death, sex, religion.
“I don’t think we tell enough racial jokes,” he cracked, before launching into a series of jokes designed to offend one nationality or another.
Idle, 72, also ignored political correctness to perform original naughty songs.
The two answered pre-selected questions from the audience and screened old film clips (the biggest cheers came for “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and Cleese’s “Fawlty Towers.”) But the greatest joy might have been watching the two collaborators crack each other up.
Cleese, who famously portrayed a worker in the Ministry of Silly Walks on the Python TV show, explained why he maintained his sense of humor.
“I’ll be 76 in 10 days,” he told the crowd. “Getting really silly is the only way of existing these days.”
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