Legendary British Comedian John Cleese to Perform Next Year in Budapest
Fanni Kaszás 2019.11.11.
On April 24, 2020, British comedian and for more than 50 years one of the most well-known figures of British humor, John Cleese, founder of Monty Python and creator of Fawlty Towers, will perform at MoM Sport in Budapest with his show “Last Time to See Me Before I Die.”
Although the title of the show, “Last Time to See Me Before I Die,” sounds a bit strange at first, the comedian has been touring with it for the past six years. The show is not a classic stand-up act, as Cleese evokes the best parts of his oeuvre, including some of the best parts of Monty Python’s work – such as the fish slapping dance – and comments on them. According to index.hu, some descriptions even said that the audience can ask him questions during the two-hour-long performance. Tickets start with the lowest price of HUF 7900 (EUR 24) and the most expensive tickets are HUF 24,900 (EUR 75).
The British comedian, actor, and screenwriter was born in 1939 in the Weston-super-Mare resort town of the United Kingdom. He met his later permanent writing partner Graham Chapman at the University of Cambridge. In 1969, exactly 50 years ago, Chapman, Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle, and Terry Gilliam created their own television series, commissioned by Thames Television: Monty Python’s Flying Circus. It was first broadcast on October 5th on the BBC and lasted for a total of 45 episodes, fundamentally defining British television and still influences shows with absurd humor all around the world. Cleese is most famous for hits such as Monty Python and Fawlty Towers, and even starred in movies such as James Bond and played Nearly Headless Nick in Harry Potter films.
Cleese wrote the famous Hungarian Sketch of the Monty Python’s Flying Circus comedy series. He also participated in the sketch, where he played the Hungarian traveler who only wants to buy a box of cigarettes and matches but due to a naughty and deliberately misspelled Hungarian-English travel dictionary, the ‘Dirty Hungarian Phrasebook,’ instead of asking for the cigarettes, he only speaks nonsense, then seriously insults everyone he meets (by misadventure).
The “Hungarian sentence” that the seller (played by Terry Jones) says to the tourist to clear up the situation (triggering his harsh reaction) means absolutely nothing in Hungarian and none of the words are Hungarian, although writer John Cleese allegedly swore to the others that it was, in fact, something in Hungarian. However, Cleese later revealed in an interview with the Hungarian translator of the series Miklós Galla, that he only knows 11 Hungarian words, listing the names of the footballers of the Hungarian Golden Team.