Monty Python's John Cleese and Eric Idle in last NZ tour

John Cleese with Eric Idle in the 1993 film Splitting Heirs.

John Cleese with Eric Idle in the 1993 film Splitting Heirs.

Monty Python founders John Cleese and Eric Idle have announced they will bring to New Zealand their show John Cleese & Eric Idle: Together Again At Last...For The Very First Time. 

The duo are set to perform two shows, one in Auckland and one in Wellington in March 2016.

"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 Australasian tour.

UK actor John Cleese.
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UK actor John Cleese.

In Together Again At Last...For The Very First Time, Cleese and Idle will blend scripted and improvised content with storytelling, musical numbers, exclusive footage, aquatic juggling and an extended audience Q&A.

"No one show will be the same and all of them will annoy the Politically Correct," said Cleese.

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Eric Idle performs during the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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Eric Idle performs during the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

 

The two comedians helped to pioneer a new type of absurdist, modern comedy that largely characterised the sketch comedy show Monty Python's Flying Circus, that first aired in 1969.

Cleese is also known for his work on programs Cheers, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Will & Grace, and the Emmy-nominated documentary The Human Face with John Cleese.

British comedians Eric Idle and John Cleese announce they will perform two New Zealand shows in 2016.
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British comedians Eric Idle and John Cleese announce they will perform two New Zealand shows in 2016.

Idle is an actor and writer with credits that include Hello Sailor, Pass the Butler, Monty Python's Flying Circus and The Rutland Dirty Weekend Book.

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Tickets to John Cleese & Eric Idle: Together Again At Last...For The Very First Time.  go on sale on December 21.

AUCKLAND: Civic Theatre on March 23, tickets at Ticketmaster.co.nz.

WELLINGTON: Michael Fowler Centre, March 28, tickets at Ticketek.co.nz.

 - Stuff

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