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Monty Python star John Cleese returns to F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 19

Monty Python star John Cleese returns to F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 19
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From a press release:

It was announced today that living comedy legend John Cleese of Monty Python fame will return to the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Monday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m., this time examining the dysfunctional world we live in with his live show “Why There Is No Hope.”

His previous visit to the Kirby Center in 2017 was a live conversation and audience Q&A following a screening of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

Tickets for this show, which are $59, $79, $99, $124, and $325 (VIP with meet and greet), plus fees, go on sale this Friday, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. and will be available at the Sundance Vacations Box Office at the Kirby Center (71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre), online at, and by phone at 570-826-1100. A Kirby Member pre-sale begins Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 10 a.m.

Unique Lives & Experiences is proud to present an evening of humor with John Cleese titled “Why There Is No Hope.”

The 80-year-old comedic actor is best known for “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” and its movies like “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” the BBC sitcom “Fawlty Towers,” and the classic film “A Fish Called Wanda.” “The world’s funniest man” first made his mark as a member of the groundbreaking and influential comedy troupe Monty Python in the 1960s and has gone on to write, produce, direct, and star in some of the greatest comedic hits of the last 40 years, even receiving an Oscar nomination for best screenplay for “A Fish Called Wanda.”

On the small screen, Cleese worked on programs such as “Cheers,” “3rd Rock from the Sun,” “Will & Grace,” and the Emmy-nominated TLC documentary “The Human Face with John Cleese.” His film credits include “Silverado,” “The Out-of-Towners,” “Rat Race,” and the Kenneth Branagh-directed “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.”

But Cleese is far from a garden variety entertainer. From the beginning of his career, he has continually parlayed his enormous talents into advancing the political causes he believes in. In 2014, he released his New York Times bestselling memoir, “So, Anyway.” The book shares his ascent in the entertainment world, from his humble beginnings in a sleepy English town to his early comedic days at Cambridge University.

He also co-authored two best-selling books on psychology – “Families and How to Survive Them” and “Life and How to Survive It” – and served briefly as Minister of Defense in the John Major Cabinet.

In his twilight years, Cleese passes his time writing film scripts, giving speeches to business audiences, doing seminars on creativity, teaching at Cornell, paying alimony, and doting on three huge cats and a fish.

Read NEPA Scene’s interview with John Cleese before his 2017 appearance in Wilkes-Barre here.