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Cleese, Idle plan Spokane stop in October

Two legends of British comedy are bringing their show to the American West, and will be at Spokane's INB Performing Arts Center on Oct. 28.

John Cleese and Eric Idle, two of the six members of the groundbreaking Monty Python comedy troupe, are "Together Again At Last … For the Very First Time." The show, which toured the East Coast and Australia in recent months, includes scripted bits, improvised moments of comedy and storytelling, and funny songs, according to the duo's website

As Cleese told the Sydney Morning Herald in February, "This is very unscripted … We do do slightly strange things like trying to get reactions out of the audience which they've never seen anyone do before."

Aside from their work with Monty Python - which produced the BBC television series "Monty Python's Flying Circus," and the films "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," "Monty Python's Life of Brian" and "Monty Python' The Meaning of Life - both men have been comedy stars in their own right. Idle created the mock rock band The Rutles and turned "Holy Grail" into the Broadway smash musical "Spamalot." Cleese starred in the BBC series "Fawlty Towers," and in films such as "A Fish Called Wanda." He also played "Nearly Headless Nick" in a couple of the Harry Potter movies.

Monty Python also featured filmmaker Terry Gilliam ("Brazil"), Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Graham Chapman, who died in 1989.

Tickets cost $59.50, $79.50 and $99.50. They go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday through TicketsWest.

For more information, visit cleeseandidle.com.

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