For a very limited time, I suggest you jump on over to their web site, give them a call, and tell ‘em you are a John Cleese fan. You’re welcome.
John Cleese is looking forward to death–although considering his mother’s longevity, he may have a long wait…
John Cleese and Taylor Swift both appeared on The Graham Norton Show (part of John’s publicity blitz to promote his autobiography, #soanyway…). Fans might know that John is a huge cat lover. And I suspect it’s general knowledge that Taylor Swift is not known for her sense of humor. Keep these two facts in mind as you watch the following…
The countdown to the DVD/Blu-Ray release of #MontyPythonLive has begun, and what better way to get the blood stirring than the updated version of “Blackmail,” which became “Celebrity Blackmail?”
Shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Jan Hooks. When I used to spend time out at SNL in the late 80s and early 90s, she was one of the most talented members of a talented group, which included Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz, Kevin Nealon, Nora Dunn, and Dana Carvey, among others. I can’t say I knew her at all well, but I knew enough to say that she was as nice a person as she was talented. And that’s saying a lot.
I spent the weekend substitute teaching for Michael McCarthy's writing classes at the iO. Here, I'm showing the Sketch-writing class Monty Python's Joke Warfare/Funniest Joke in the World Sketch as we study editing (an appropriate choice on the Python anniversary weekend, I thought). This was my first time teaching in the new building, and I'm still amazed just walking into the place. I always have to think back to the crumbling, barely building-code legal Crosscurrents cabaret, where the iO (then ImprovOlympic) first started; to say it's come a long way is hugely underestimating it. I highly recommend anyone in the Chicago area stop by for first-class improvisation (or, in the case of Dave and TJ's Mission Theatre, first-class sketch comedy), and stick around for drinks and dinner as well. It's only been a couple of months in the new building, but it's fast becoming a landmark. In fact, it's the Great Wall of China of Improvisation. Go now and thank me later.
…On this, the 45th anniversary of the first telecast of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, it seems appropriate to watch the first scene of the first show recorded (though it was broadcast second). While Terry Jones and Graham Chapman were performing this, John Cleese was in the wings with Michael Palin, saying “You know, it’s possible that this will be the very first comedy program that doesn’t get a single laugh.” Fortunately, he couldn’t have been more wrong…
Twenty-five years. A quarter of a century. That’s how long ago Graham Chapman was snatched away from us after his battle with cancer on October 4, 1989.
It doesn’t really seem possible, because Graham seems more alive than ever. He was much-remembered in the Monty Python Live (Mostly) reunion show at the O2 last summer. And, John Cleese does an excellent job of bringing his old writing partner back to live in the pages of his upcoming autobiography So Anyway…
When I posted my previous entry, I didn’t have much information about John’s three scheduled appearances next month in Canada. I do now, and in fact, strongly suggest that you get tickets now (that goes for the US events as well)–they’re going fast and in some cases are sold out!
So here’s the deal:
TORONTO – Interview with Ian Brown, writer for the Globe and Mail
Saturday, November 8th, 7:30 PM
John Bassett Theatre
255 Front Street, Toronto, ON
VANCOUVER – Interview with Stephen Quinn from CBC Radio’s On the Coast
Friday, November 14th at 7:30 PM
The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts
777 Homer St., Vancouver, BC V6B 2W1
VICTORIA – Interview with Jo-Ann Roberts, from CBC Radio’s All Points West
Saturday, November 15th at 7:30 PM
University Centre, Victoria V8W 3P2