Cleese Hits Stage to Fund $20M Divorce

Monty Python comedian John Cleese, still bitter, will stage one-man show

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 2, 2009 8:19 AM CDT

(Newser) – Hit with a $20 million divorce settlement, John Cleese is taking to the stage for the first time in four years to raise some cash—and have a little fun airing his outrage at the payout to his third wife. A Ludicrous Evening with John Cleese… or How to Finance Your Divorce opens in Oslo tonight, and will continue in the US under the title A Final Wave at the World...or the Alimony Tour Year One, the Mail reports.

“I get angry that I have to pack my trunk, just to go away to make money,” the 70-year-old Cleese says. “That I, at my age, would have to plan my life anew to pay her all the money she is to get for the next seven years—well, it irritates me. I'd rather have been drinking coffee, reading books and writing. I can't afford that now.” The payout reduces the actor's wealth to around $16 million, the Daily Mail estimates, and has cost him his home in London.

John Cleese and then-wife Alice Faye Eichelberger arrive at the 2007 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Mortons on February 25, 2007 in West Hollywood, California.   (Getty Images)
British comedian John Cleese reacts to "Sebastian" the Carpet Python putting the squeeze on him at Taronga Zoo in Sydney in this Jan. 6, 2006 file photo.   (AP Photo/Paul Miller, FIle)
John Cleese and then-wife Alyce Faye Eichelberger arrive at the premiere of 'Monty Python's Spamalot' at The Grail Theater at the Wynn Las Vegas March 31, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada.   (Getty Images)
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