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So, Anyway...

John Cleese


Crown Archetype

Film, TV & Radio;
Individual actors & performers;
Autobiography: arts & entertainment


392 pages

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John Cleese's huge comedic influence has stretched across generations; his sharp irreverent eye and the unique brand of physical comedy he perfected with Monty Python, on Fawlty Towers, and beyond now seem written into comedy's DNA.

In this rollicking memoir, Cleese takes readers on a Grand Tour of 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. Cleese was just days away from graduating Cambridge and setting off on a law career when he was visited by two BBC executives, who offered him a job writing comedy for radio. That fateful moment and a near-simultaneous offer to take his university humour revue to London's famed West End propelled him down a different path, cutting his teeth writing for stars like David Frost and Peter Sellers, and eventually joining the five other Pythons to pioneer a new kind of comedy that prized invention, silliness, and absurdity.

Along the way, he found his first true love with the actress Connie Booth and transformed himself from a reluctant performer to a world class actor and back again. Twisting and turning through surprising stories and hilarious digressions with some brief pauses along the way that comprise a fascinating primer on what's funny and why this story of a young man's journey to the pinnacle of comedy is a masterly performance by a master performer.

By:   John Cleese
Imprint:   Crown Archetype
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 165mm,  Spine: 33mm
Weight:   658g
ISBN:   9780385348249
ISBN 10:   038534824X
Pages:   392
Publication Date:   November 2014
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

<b>JOHN CLEESE</b>cofounded the legendary Monty Python comedy troupe, writing and performing in the first three TV seasons of<i>Flying Circus</i>and in films that include<i>Monty Python and the Holy Grail</i>and <i>Life of Brian</i>. He cowrote and starred in the sitcom<i>Fawlty Towers</i>, and wrote and costarred in<i>A Fish Called Wanda</i>and<i>Fierce Creatures</i>. He has also coauthored two best-selling books on Psychology.</p>

New York Times Bestseller -So, Anyway... ambles along in loose fashion, taking its time, stopping to admire the view here and there, dispensing a little social commentary...and otherwise taking the scenic route through a mostly sunny landscape. The effect is a bit like having a long lunch with an amiable, slightly loony uncle. Who also happens to be John Cleese.- --Michael Ian Black, The New York Times Book Review-John Cleese's memoir is just about everything one would expect of its author -- smart, thoughtful, provocative and above all funny... a picture, if you will, of the artist as a young man.- --Washington Post -Give John Cleese points for candor...Give him additional points for graceful writing and sly humor..- --Philadelphia Inquirer-The long-awaited story of the actor's life, told how he wants to tell it.- --The Guardian

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