John Cleese launches one-man-show to help pay the bills

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From the Glendale News-Press:

Courtesy John Cleese

Courtesy John Cleese

Forty years after the start of “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” one of its biggest stars has embarked on a comedy tour that will lead him to the Alex Theatre in Glendale.

John Cleese is known for his frequent performances as uptight Britons gone loony. He captured some of his most loyal fans with television sketches about a “Ministry of Silly Walks,” a dead parrot and a broken-down car.

His antics with his six Monty Python colleagues led him to star in several major motion pictures, including “A Fish Called Wanda,” after which he has pursued a series of writing and speaking opportunities and, during the last decade, served as a visiting professor at Cornell University.

He reunited with the Monty Python gang last week to celebrate the group’s 40th anniversary and the release of a documentary series on the show now airing on the Independent Film Channel. The group’s five surviving members also received lifetime achievement awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Cleese, who turns 70 this month, has had a home in Santa Barbara for the last decade and recently moved in with his daughter at a Pacific Palisades home as he works on a series of new projects. He will bring his one-man show, “A Final Wave at the World (or the Alimony Tour, Year One)” to the Alex on Nov. 14.

Click here for the full interview.

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Written by Zain Shauk

October 20, 2009 at 12:06 pm

Posted in glendale

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