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John Cleese in Palma

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Apart from bringing us The Black Knight, the Ministry of Silly Walks, Basil Fawlty, the People's Front of Judea, and many more side splitting sketches and characters, what has John Cleese ever done for us? Well, A Fish Called Wanda, but let's forget about that one!

Any of us that have guffawed loudly to classic lines such as 'tis but a flesh wound,' 'this is an ex-parrot,' or 'Venezuelan beaver cheese,' will be pleased to hear that the man himself will be appearing in Palma in April.

Yes, the towering genius of British comedy will be bringing his one man show “Last Time to See Me Before I Die,” to Palma's Auditorium for just one night. Cleese, now 80, has been on tour with the production since 2013 and luckily for us, his outstanding health condition keeps prolonging the length of the tour.

The fast moving two hour show is basically Cleese relating the story of his life, both public and private, through anecdotes and film clips from his birth and upbringing in Weston-super-Mare – his father changed his name from Cheese to Cleese, his mother had a neurotic fear of Princess Margaret and Cleese himself was 6 feet tall at 12 years of age.

The show will of course attract mostly Brits, expats and holiday makers, reliving their silly youths but you never know, a few Spanish may just sneak in as Fawlty Towers became very popular courtesy of Catalan TV.

The show was originally bought by Spanish national telly, who changed the dim waiter Manuel from Barcelona into Paolo from Italy. Despite this the Spanish didn't find it funny and the show was pulled after one episode.

Later Catalan channels showed it with Manuel becoming Mexican and it enjoyed great success. However the Basque channels were quite happy for the connotation between Barcelona and nincompoopery to continue, much to the glee of the folks in Bilbao and San Sebastian.

If you'd like to see John Cleese live before he's passed on, is no more, has ceased to be, has expired and gone to meet his maker, is a stiff, bereft of life, rests in peace, is pushing up the daisies, has kicked the bucket, shuffled off his mortal coil, and become an ex-comedian you can get tickets online by clicking the link.

Palma Auditorium

4th April, 2020, 19:30 - €75, €65, and €45.