Britain’s living legends of comedy – and Monty Python founders – John Cleese and Eric Idle, have announced an Australian tour for their must-see new show, John Cleese & Eric Idle: Together Again At Last…For The Very First Time.
The 2016 tour will see the British icons perform unforgettable shows beginning in February in Queensland, playing all major capital cities, and wrapping up in Melbourne in March.
“Eric and I had huge fun touring the States in October and now we can bring our show to the friendliest people in the world” John Cleese said on the announcement of the Australian tour. “No one show will be the same and all of them will annoy the Politically Correct.”
Eric added, “Having enjoyed the World Tour of Florida, we were looking for somewhere else large aquatic reptiles of the sub family Crocodylinae also thrived. The Nile was booked, so we are coming to Australia. Having once married a Sheila and as the father of a half Australian son I look forward to touring one of my all-time favourite places.”
In Together Again At Last…For The Very First Time, Cleese and Idle will blend scripted and improvised bits with storytelling, musical numbers, exclusive footage, aquatic juggling and an extended audience Q&A.
As founding members of Monty Python, lanky Cleese and ludicrous Idle are unarguably among the godfathers of modern comedy, helping to pioneer an irreverent, absurdist sensibility that is emulated by comics around the world. As individuals, they have written, performed and produced some of the most beloved and critically-acclaimed shows of all-time like Spamalot, A Fish Called Wanda, Fawlty Towers and The Rutles.
JOHN CLEESE & ERIC IDLE AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES 2016:
Thursday 25 February
Gold Coast Jupiters Theatre
Saturday 27 February
Brisbane Convention Centre
Tuesday 1 March
Adelaide Aec Theatre
Saturday 5 March
Canberra Royal Theatre
Wednesday 9 March
Perth Riverside Theatre
Monday 14 March
Sydney State Theatre
Friday 18 March
Melbourne Hamer Hall
Tickets on sale Monday 21 December 10am.
Below, watch the hilarious Kray Brothers sketch ‘The Piranha Brothers’ from the Monty Python’s Flying Circus series, first broadcast in 1970: