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Good but slightly short show. Still worth it for fans
on 23 November 2011
General comedy buffs and Python fans alike should find much to enjoy in John Cleeses' Alimony show. This is the tour that John was forced to undertake to pay the financial obligations to his ex-wife. It covers Johns childhood, how he got started in show business and then screens some prime cuts from various moments in his career. There are many anecdotes that cover a lot of familiar and interesting topics, but even for fans there should still be some titbits that they have not heard before.
It is a little puzzling as to why there is no mention of The Life Of Brian or The Meaning of Life and more in-depth Python discussion/reflection (given the cultural influence it had). It also seems strange that the show ends directly after the mention of A Fish Called Wanda; meaning there is no mention of anything post 1988. It is a shame in my view that there was still so much material that was skipped over. Despite this shortcoming, at least his engaging manner shows that he still possesses a masterful command of his audiences.
The DVD also contains a 12 minute featurette showing a brief behind-the-scenes glimpse of the tour prep. It was also nice to see that the DVD seems to be unedited from the live performance that I saw twice when he toured it.
Although it may seem a little short and leaves several well known areas unexplored, for anyone who likes any of the various productions that Cleese has been involved with over the years, there is still much enjoyment to be had and so makes this DVD worth seeing.