Holy Grail

Monty Python star duck-walks into Dallas for intimate show at Toyota Music Factory

Monty Python star duck-walks into Dallas for intimate show

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Monty Python fans can mark their calendars. Photo courtesy of Texas Theatre

Monty Python fans will get to see one of their heroes at Toyota Music Factory in Irving, with an appearance by Python co-founder John Cleese, who will engage conversation and audience Q&A on April 3 at The Pavilion Toyota Music Factory Indoor Theater.

John will tell stories of his life and career, and screen Monty Python and the Holy Grail in its entirety on the big screen.

VIP tickets will be available which include a photo opportunity with John. Tickets start at $69 and go on sale December 8 at 10 am. A release calls for "absurd and/or ridiculous questions only, please."

Monty Python's Flying Circus, a sketch comedy show that combined animation and absurdist routines, first aired on London's BBC in 1969. Its subsequent airing on PBS made it a cult classic in America for many years.

Cleese is making appearances around the country screening the film, which he describes as a survival of the fittest. "The whole thing was made on $400,000, and it was so uncomfortable shooting in Scotland in April because it rained all the time," he says.

He last appeared locally alongside Eric Idle at the Majestic Theatre in Dallas in December 2016.

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

Film credits include Silverado, The Out-of-Towners, Rat Race, and Kenneth Branagh's Frankenstein.

He has also co-authored two books on psychology — Families and How to Survive Them and Life and How to Survive It — and recently completed his autobiography So, Anyway…

According to his bio, "In his twilight years, John 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."

The show is from The Backlot Project, which claims to bring the most beloved stars of television and film from the screen to an exciting and intimate live setting. Backlot's release oddly doesn't mention that Cleese wrote and starred in A Fish Called Wanda, whose screenplay was nominated for an Oscar. It also doesn't mention Fawlty Towers, another BBC series Cleese wrote and starred in, which made its way onto American public television and achieved cult status.