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John Cleese ~ Distinguished Speaker Series

December 9, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm

John Cleese | Dec. 9, 2016

Famed Film and Television Comic Actor

Free tickets available for graduate students starting on Monday, November 14th at 12:00pm (noon) in the SBI Ticket Offices (221 Student Union and 350 Harriman Hall).  1 per UB ID.

An Evening with John Cleese
Friday, Dec. 9, 2016
at 7 p.m. AND 9:30 p.m.
Center for the Arts, UB North Campus

More About John Cleese

With the legendary “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” “Fawlty Towers” and “A Fish Called Wanda,” John Cleese created a unique comedic style that has inspired countless writers and comedians. “The world’s funniest man” first made his mark as a member of the legendary Monty Python troupe in the 1960s, and has gone on to write, produce, direct and star in some of the greatest comedic hits of the last forty years, even receiving an Oscar nomination for best screenplay for “A Fish Called Wanda.”

But Cleese is far from your garden variety entertainer. From the beginning of his career he has continually parlayed his enormous talents into advancing the political causes he believes in (he is a vocal supporter of the UK’s Labour Party); promoting education (a former Rector of the University of St. Andrews, he served as a professor-at-large at Cornell University from 1991 through 2006); and teaching business skills. Cleese is the founder of Video Arts, the world’s largest provider of business training programs. Established in 1972 with three fellow British actors, Video Arts gained an international reputation as the premier source for business know-how. Cleese attributes his success at making hit training programs to his fascination with psychology and his love for teaching and making people laugh.

In Fall 2014, Cleese released his New York Times best-selling memoir, “So Anyway….” The book shares 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.

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December 9, 2016
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Center for the Arts
Buffalo, NY United States
716 645 2960