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Rainy Day Books will present actor and Monty Python's Flying Circus co-founder John Cleese LIVE In Conversation with Vivien Jennings, founder & president of Rainy Day Books.

This Event will be held on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 8:00 PM at Arvest Bank Theater at The Midland, 1228 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64105.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, August 15, 2014 at 12:00 PM NOON at The Midland Box Office, online at or charge by phone at 888-929-7849. This Event is Reserved Seating.

On Tuesday, November 4, 2014, John Cleese will release his rollicking memoir, So, Anyway…, a Grand Tour of his ascent in the entertainment world from his humble beginnings in a sleepy English town and his early comedic days at Cambridge University to the founding of the landmark comedy troupe that would propel him to worldwide renown: Monty Python's Flying Circus.

Each paid patron will receive an autographed hardcover of So Anyway. Books must be picked up at The Midland Event (no rainchecks).

AUTHOR BIO: John Cleese achieved his first big success in London’s West End and as a scriptwriter and performer onThe Frost Report. He went on to co-found the legendary Monty Python films that include Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Life of Brian. In the mid-1970s, John Cleese and his first wife, Connie Booth, co-wrote and starred in the now classic sitcom, Fawlty Towers. Later, he wrote and co-starred in A Fish Called Wanda and Fierce Creatures. He has appeared in many other films, from James Bond to Harry Potter to Shrek, and has guest-starred in TV shows that have included 3rd Rock from the Sun, Will & Grace, and Entourage. He lives in London.

ABOUT THE BOOK: John Cleese’s towering comedic influence has stretched across generations; his sharp satirical eye and the unique brand of physical comedy he perfected with Monty Python, on Fawlty Towers, and beyond now seem written into comedy’s DNA. In this rollicking memoir, So, Anyway…, Cleese takes readers on a Grand Tour of his ascent in the entertainment world, from his humble beginnings in a sleepy English town and his early comedic days at Cambridge University (with future Python partner Graham Chapman), to the founding of the landmark comedy troupe that would propel him to worldwide renown. After getting his start as a writer and actor on the landmark David Frost-hosted The Frost Report, where he worked alongside many who would also later become comedy icons, Cleese landed his most famous role as a star of the TV show Monty Python's Flying Circus. To the legions of Python fans and comedy aficionados, Cleese's work with the Pythons has become the stuff of legend. His signature characters—including the Minister of Silly Walks and the owner (and would-be returner) of a dead parrot—embodied his knack for madcap buffoonery played completely straight and catapulted him to the shortlist of funniest men alive. Twisting and turning through amazing stories and hilarious digressions—with some brief pauses along the way that comprise a fascinating primer on what’s funny and why—this story of a young man’s journey to the pinnacle of comedy is a masterly performance by a master performer.


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