Happy 74th birthday @ericidle! And Sir Robin, and Stan (also known as Loretta), and Dirk McQuickly, and Arthur Nudge, Dickie Attenborough, Mr. Badger, Arthur Tree, Mr. Gumby, Kenny Lust, Mrs. Brainsample, Arthur Lemming, Harold Larch–well, you get the idea…
Del Close would have been 83 years old today.
I think he’d be pretty happy.
The new iO theatre building is attracting students and audiences from all over the world, and Charna is continuing to carry on his work.
Long form improvisation is still growing in popularity every year, and has become accepted as a legitimate entertainment in its own right, and more than just a way to develop sketches (which was always his goal).
There’s even a movie under way loosely based on his life.
So happy birthday, my friend. You are indeed a gift that keeps on giving.
If you’ve been putting off taking classes at the iO Chicago, wait no further. A new session is starting, and if you’re not careful, you may even find yourself in one of my classes. Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 6:30, I’ll be teaching Talk Show Packet (part of Michael McCarthy’s writing program), in which, if you put in the time and the work, you’ll find yourself with a packet of material to submit to your favorite TV talk show!
But that’s not all. Next Sunday will be the first session of both of my Monty Python-inspired classes, The Python Process and PythonProv. The former will show you how to use the same writing techniques utilized by the members of Monty Python to improve your own sketch writing. It’s a great adjunct to Michael’s SNL Sketch class, and we’ll present a show at the end of the eight-week session! And let’s not forget PythonProv, a brand new type of long form improvisation in which you’ll learn how to perform Python-influenced improv.
If you’re interested, you’ll need to contact the iO very soon to sign up, and please let me know if you have any questions.
Birthdays are always worth celebrating, but especially so when it’s a milestone birthday like Terry Jones turning 75 years old today!
Terry has withdrawn from public life recently, and he made his health issues with dementia public last September. He appreciates all the well-wishers on line, and I can tell you that he is absolutely enjoying life.
But Terry has given us so much wonderful entertainment over the years, we can always pop in a DVD or download documentary or open up one of his books, and enjoy him all over again. That’s what I’ll be doing tonight, and if you’re a fan of Terry’s, it’s not a bad way to spend an evening.
So in the meantime–happy birthday old chum, and thank you for everything.
In the midst of another John Cleese tour seeing huge, enthusiastic crowds from Boston to Green Bay, from St. Louis to Baltimore. This leg of the tour is coming to a close this weekend, but there are still a few places to see John present Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and discuss it afterward.
Friday night (January 27), Washington DC area fans can catch John at The Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland, but you’ll have to move quickly–this is nearly sold out!
Still some tickets left for Saturday night (January 28) to see John Cleese and the Holy Grail at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
And the grand finale of the current tour will be Sunday, January 29, at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey–and this one will undoubtedly sell out before Sunday night, so make your move soon if you’re thinking of ordering tickets.
And remember, if you’re going, you’ll have an opportunity to ask @johncleese a question–and there have been some great questions along the way!
I would be remiss if I didn’t pause to note the passing of the wonderful Andrew Sachs, known best to the world as Manuel in “Fawlty Towers.”
I’d like to write about what a talented actor he was, but that’s obvious to anyone who has ever seen an episode of Fawlty Towers. I can’t tell you all what a great person he was, because I was never lucky enough to actually meet him. But I do know the high regard in which John held him, and I know that his comic portrayal will live forever. And that’s a pretty great legacy, isn’t it?
Happy birthday @terrygilliam, hope you get a brand new film this year. NOT an impossible dream! #terrygilliam #montypython
Happy birthday @johncleese, celebrating in Seattle on tour with @ericidle #cleeseandidle
People often ask me “Would John Cleese recap all six seasons of The Walking Dead? Please?”
Because you asked so politely:
Just a few short hours from now, @johncleese and @ericidle will be taking the stage in Victoria, B.C. for the first of nearly three dozen North American shows down the west coast and across the Southwest and South. Here’s the info if you’re interested. Me? I’m going to take a nap. The thought of that schedule has me exhausted. #montypython #johncleese #ericidle #johnanderic