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John Cleese at Tom Tom!


In a special engagement with UVA’s Division of Perceptual Studies, meet the man behind Monty Python in a two-night series. You may know him best for his warning about “The Killer Rabbit” in Monty Python: The Holy Grail, but John Cleese has more to his portfolio than being a parody of Sir Lancelot the Brave. Cleese, born in 1939 (yes, he’s old and so are you), has found great success as an actor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He has performed on the silver screen, the small screen, and stage – and probably everything in between, but that’s for him to recount. Known colloquially as “that silly tall guy,” Cleese’s work became distinctive in the second half of the 20th century with his articulate  critiques on human nature, society, and politics. Beyond acting, he has also served as a rector and professor at several institutions, and occasionally lets go of his caricatures in lieu of sitting down and leading philosophical discussions with students. John Cleese has been an enthusiastic Advisory Board member and passionately supports University of Virginia’s Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS) in the research they spearhead.TICKET INFORMATION


“An Evening with John Cleese”

Special One-night Show only at Tom Tom Wednesday April 11 at 8PM | The Paramount Theater

  1. $ 100.00 GA – All revenue benefits UVA DOPS 

  2. $ 250.00 VIP w. Post Show Meet-&-greet – All revenue benefits DOPS

  3. GA included in TTFF All-Access Badge ($500)

  4. VIP included in TTFF Patron Badge ($1,000)

Who is Cleese and who does he think he is? He is still figuring that riddle out, too. Join us at the Tom Tom Summits (April 11-14) to answer some riddles and be a part of something truly magical. Cleese will grace us with his presence not just one night, but two: on April 11th, at The Paramount Theater, he will command the stage and put on a one-man show. This is a once-in-a-lifetime performance, presented by DOPS, which will include a night full of laughs, surprises, and, presumably, “silly walks.”  Tickets for the one-man act, “An Evening with John Cleese,” on April 11th are currently available to All-Access and Patron Badge holders.

This is a benefit for DOPS and all ticket revenue funds their research.



“Life After Death” 

John Cleese with UVA DOPS at the Tom Tom Summits

Let’s talk about UVA’s research into how consciousness functions beyond the brain Thursday April 12 at 5pm | The Paramount Theater

  1. $ 15.00 General Admission

  2. Included in Summit, All Access, and Patron Badges

On April 12th, John Cleese will moderate and host a discussion with  the Division of Perceptual Studies at University of Virginia. In a panel discussion moderated by John Cleese, the UVA Division of Perceptual Studies research faculty will convene to present an overview of the research to which they have dedicated their academic careers. The Division of Perceptual Studies research unit is part of the Department of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences within the University of Virginia School of Medicine. The scope of the UVA Division of Perceptual Studies research portfolios include: investigating children who claim to have past lives; the nature of consciousness and the mind-body relationship; neuro-imaging studies of psi events; and individuals who report experiencing near-death experiences. The DOPS panel presenters will be: director of UVA DOPS, Jim Tucker, MD; Ed Kelly, PhD; Emily Kelly, PhD; Bruce Greyson, MD; and Kim Penberthy, PhD.TICKET INFORMATION


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