They’ve been comedic collaborators for roughly half a century, and after all that time you’d understand if John Cleese and Eric Idle would prefer to spend the next 50 years as far apart as possible. But can it be that these two founding members of Monty Python might actually be … getting along?
They – and American audiences – will soon find out just how much tolerance they have for each other when Mr. Cleese and Mr. Idle appear together on a live tour in the fall. The tour, which was announced Monday, is called “John Cleese & Eric Idle: Together Again at Last … for the Very First Time,” and promises “unforgettable sit-down comedy, blending scripted and improvised bits with storytelling, musical numbers, exclusive footage, aquatic juggling and an extended audience Q&A to craft a unique comedic experience with every performance,” according to a news release. Performances running from Oct. 2 (in Sarasota, Fla.) to Oct. 30 (in Baltimore) have so far been announced on the tour’s official website.
Mr. Cleese and Mr. Idle, who first met as students at Cambridge University, worked together in Britain’s venerated Monty Python comedy troupe and on films like “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life,” though they have occasionally had disagreements over projects like the stage musical “Spamalot.”
They both participated in a 2014 Monty Python reunion (along with fellow founders Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones) and Mr. Idle conducted a public interview with Mr. Cleese in November when Mr. Cleese was promoting his memoir “So, Anyway…,” so surely they can stand another month in each other’s company.