British comedy legend visits the ‘Fan Theory’ podcast
Comedy legend John Cleese, a founding member of the iconic British comedy troupe Monty Python, is back on the road.
At the age of 77, the Academy Award nominee is crossing the country this fall, screening the stupendously silly 1975 cult classic film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and engaging in question-and-answer sessions following the movie.
“I was amazed how easy it was to sell tickets,” Cleese told the Asbury Park Press’ “Fan Theory” podcast, “because Americans like ‘Holy Grail’ best of all …
“And the nice thing is the questions afterwards. You see, when I’m doing my one-man show I say pretty much the same thing every night, but when I’m answering questions from the audience they can be completely different. I can do two shows and they’re completely different because it just depends on the direction the audience takes it. That makes it much more interesting for me.”
Listen to the Fan Theory Podcast: John Cleese of Monty Python talks ‘Holy Grail’ tour
Headmaster: And spotteth twice they the camels before the third
hour. And so the Midianites went forth to Ram Gilead in Kadesh
Bilgemath by Shor Ethra Regalion, to the house of
Gash-Bil-Betheul-Bazda, he who brought the butter dish to
Balshazar and the tent peg to the house of Rashomon, and there
slew they the goats, yea, and placed they the bits in little
pots. Here endeth the lesson.
Chaplain: Let us praise God. Oh Lord…
Congregation: Oh Lord…
Chaplain: Oooh you are so big…
Congregation: Oooh you are so big…
Chaplain: So absolutely huge.
Congregation: So ab – solutely huge.
Chaplain: Gosh, we’re all really impressed down here I can tell
Congregation: Gosh, we’re all really impressed down here I can tell
Chaplain: Forgive Us, O Lord, for this dreadful toadying.
Congregation: And barefaced flattery.
Chaplain: But you are so strong and, well, just so super.
Congregation: Fan – tastic.
When John Cleese looks back on his life in the first volume of his memoir, So, Anyway…, he doesn’t say that the happiest time in his life was starring in an immensely popular sit-com with his then-wife. It’s not working on Monty Python’s Flying Circus, or being in a Bond film, or performing comedy on the road in New Zealand or any of that. It was teaching for two years, before going to Cambridge. In a talk with fellow Python Eric Idle he explains that the reason for that is because “it was so wonderfully unstressful.” This would change rather quickly once Cleese went to university where he would become involved with Cambridge’s comedy revue group, where he would meet Graham Chapman. His final show with the group would then go to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which would then lead to a run at the West End under the name Cambridge Circus, which would then lead to a radio show, then a TV show [ . . . ]
Terry Jones’s dementia has not got to the stage where he has become unhappy and unaware of who he is, his Monty Python co-star Eric Idle has said.”It doesn’t seem to me that he’s unhappy,” Idle told the Radio Times. “He hasn’t forgotten who he is, yet. Terry’s still here. He’s not gone.”Earlier this year it was announced that the 73-year-old has primary progressive aphasia, a severe variant of dementia.