RUTH LEON RECOMMENDS… John Cleese, unbuttoned

RUTH LEON RECOMMENDS… John Cleese, unbuttoned

Ruth Leon recommends

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May 16, 2021

Why There is No Hope – John Cleese
Click here for tickets – $20 On demand through May 31
This is a one-man show, sort of a funny lecture, filmed live on stage in London’s Cadogan Hall.   The 60-minute on-demand stream sees John Cleese examining the dysfunctional world we live in and explaining why, according to him, there is no hope. The presentation is full of laughs and hilarious insights.

​Cleese first made his mark as a member of the Monty Python troupe, and has gone on to create classic performances in the likes of Fawlty Towers and the Oscar-nominated A Fish Called Wanda.

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  • John Borstlap says:

    20$ to be able to laugh about the hopelessness of a disfunctional world? One wonders for whom the show is meant.

  • Ricardo says:

    I saw it on the day it first aired. Brilliant! I highly recommend it. I have no qualms in paying 20$ to experience the work of an artist I admire.

  • Mock Mahler says:

    Cleese has a faculty appointment at Cornell University, as did Vladimir Nabokov. Two American national treasures, though neither could be mistaken for the rest of us. (Though America did ‘discover’ Monty Python).

  • Greg Bottini says:

    The great John Cleese certainly does not need Ruth Leon’s recommendation.

  • Anonymous Bosch says:

    SD – and its regular commentators – always seem a bit off when confronted with film history and statistics. “A Fish Called Wanda” was actually an Oscar winner: Kevin Klein won Best Actor in a Supporting Role. The film was also nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, for which Cleese was one of two nominees.

    Cleese first came to notice at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe before being a co-funder of Monty Python.

  • Tom Phillips says:

    Truly one of the greatest legends of our time. An incredibly brilliant and talented man.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    The poor man has to continue working because he’s had so many divorces.

  • Rob van der Hilst says:

    Limiting one’s desires actually helps to cure one of fear. ‘Cease to hope … and you will cease to fear.’
    Lucius Annaeus Seneca

  • fflambeau says:

    Not only funny, but smart man.