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Funny stuff but wanted a bit more
on 26 September 2014
Although he spends 80 minutes stood up, this isn't really a traditional stand up comedy show. Cleese takes us through a whistle stop tour of his life and career with a few classic clips included from film and TV. It's fun but kind of brief and lacking in depth for a guy who's had such a storied career.
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.