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John Cleese Confirms Bangkok Standup Tour Date for January

British comedian and actor John Cleese is to perform in Bangkok for the very first time on January 11, 2022. One sixth of the legendary surreal comedy troupe Monty Python as well as co-creator of one of TV’s funniest sitcoms Fawlty Towers, Cleese is bringing his ‘Why There Is No Hope’ live tour to Impact Exhibition Center Hall 5, Muang Thong Thani.

The show is certain to appeal to both expats, and English-speaking Thais, now that the challenges of the last two years are gradually subsiding with live entertainment soon to become possible again early in 2022, as the nation eases its Covid-19 restrictions.

‘Why There Is No Hope’ grew out of a question that the Somerset, England native asked his therapist 15 years ago, and explores people’s, and society’s, inescapable idiocy.

Examining the dysfunctional world in which we live, Cleese argues that none of us know what we’re doing, and that even intelligent people are profoundly irrational.

He also makes it clear that the people who seek and gain power are the worst culprits of all when it comes to acting irrationally, which greatly irks away at him.


One of the most recognized and popular comic performers, Cleese has starred in many well-known movies, notably playing the roles of Nearly Headless Nick in the first two Harry Potter films, Q in James Bond: Die Another Day, and Shrek 2’s King Harold.

Monty Python, Fawlty Towers and the Oscar-nominated movie A Fish Called Wanda are the John Cleese projects which fans have really taken to their hearts, giving him iconic status with lovers of comedy everywhere for the hilarious sketches and scenes.

Cleese first made his mark as a member of the legendary troupe Monty Python. Their comedy show Monty Python’s Flying Circus ran from 1969 to 1974, and won a large US following with its surreal brand of humour, later succesfully moving to the big screen for Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Life of Brian, and The Meaning of Life.

It was while away filming Monty Python that John Cleese ran into a rude hotel proprietor to inspire his creation of Basil Fawlty, the epitome of frustrated, social climbing middle-Englanders. Fawlty Towers stands up this day as a jewel in the BBC’s comedy crown.

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