John Cleese Live! - The Alimony Tour [DVD]
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For the first time ever, comedy legend John Cleese brings his unique comedic perspective to DVD in John Cleese Live - The Alimony Tour.
Best known for his part in Monty Python's Flying Circus and as Basil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers, John Cleese draws on his many years in the limelight as well as some of his own personal interests. In Cleese's very own words: "it is an evening of well honed anecdotes, psychoanalytical tit-bits and unprovoked attacks on former colleagues, especially Michael Palin."
From writing to starring in plays, musicals, theatrical and comedy productions, to films and sitcoms, Cleese has done it all, and now it's time for him to tell you about his jam-packed life.
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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.
I had the opportunity to see his show earlier this year and if you like your comedy you'll be in for a treat. Interspersed with photo and video archive of his life and the many productions he has been in the show has John also relating to us side-splitting anecdotes and witty observations.
This DVD is a worthwhile purchase for any fan of Mr Cleese and I highly recommend this DVD.
After an opening fun diatribe about his ex wife which explains the motivation/necessity of the tour, Cleese settles into a chronological series of observations about his career. We get some funny anecdotes about the Pythons and the origins of Basil Fawlty as well as a bit of personal history of the Cleese family. He also gives us some interesting musings on the nature of comedy and the modern use of focus groups. All this is accompanied by various archive clips of the brilliant stuff you would expect - The Two Ronnies, Marty Feldman, The Pythons and of course Basil all pop up.
Overall it's an enjoyable show with the odd big laugh and various other chuckles along the way but it could have used a bit more meat on the bone. On the DVD you also get the obligatory tour documentary that runs for 12 minutes but that's your lot.
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First class entertainment for anyone who like John Cleese, and a good warning about not marrying an American citizen.Published 28 days ago by Joe in Beijing
Not John Cleese at his best but still very funny. Every fan should see it and those who are new to him.Published 6 months ago by Stubborn Kevin
Alas, alas, I live in a place with different electricity so I very regretably can't watch Cleese's dvd. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jim Clark