So, Anyway... - John Cleese

So, Anyway...

By John Cleese

  • Release Date - Published: 2014-11-04
  • Book Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Author: John Cleese
Our rating: 5/5 stars

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 175 Ratings)

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “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.”—The Washington Post
The legendary writer and performer of Monty Python and Fawlty Towers fame takes readers on a grand tour of his ascent in the entertainment world
John Cleese’s huge comedic influence has stretched across generations; his sharp irreverent eye and the unique brand of physical comedy he perfected now seem written into comedy’s DNA. In this rollicking memoir, Cleese recalls his humble beginnings in a sleepy English town, his early comedic days at Cambridge University (with future Python partner Graham Chapman), and 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 humor 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.

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  • So Wonderfully Cleese

    By metoo22
    I loved reading this book. It was difficult to put it down. Incredibly entertaining and informative. John is a class act. His humor has helped me immensely in bumpy times of my life. I’m forever grateful for having discovered him and his performances.
  • Worth the read

    By Hendersons5
    Interesting. Funny at points, but not a comedic "act." This is, as billed, an autobiography of a talented, interesting and at times insightful man who made us laugh. If you are wanting to read a Monty Python script, this is not it. If you want to read about the life and work of a wonderful comedic writer, this is worth the read.
  • Great Read!!!

    By Zxpf
    Interesting and entertaining!
  • Funny book.

    By HRS
    I hope an audiobook comes out.
  • Grateful

    By rbbowie
    Thank you, Mr. Cleese.
  • Oh, the difference, between being solemn and being serious

    By attikitty
    "So, Anyway" is, as Robin Williams would say... "pretty wonderful." It is full of gentle hard-won wisdom and keen insights. And very funny. Oh, the difference, between being solemn and being serious. And, as an animal lover, knowing that John Cleese had a hamster at Cambridge, just makes me love him more. My only frustration is that I can HEAR John Cleese speaking in my head as I read it. It is almost painful that no audiobook exists. Please Mr. your book to us.
  • Too understated even for a public school boy.

    By RJf81
    In "So, Anyway...", John Cleese admits his left brain thinking preference. His memoir reflects that approach. A series of milestone event facts sprinkled with cursory references to often minor relationships. The exception is when he writes about Graham Chapman and their fruitful collaboration. More pages on the relationship with his first wife Connie and their Fawlty Towers work would have made this book more engaging.
  • So, Anyway...

    By Python Mama
    This book was not at all what I expected from John Cleese, but I enjoyed it immensely, laughed out loud in a few places and felt sad in others. Even a comic genious sometimes feels self- conscious and unappreciated. The very best thing about the book is that John acknowledges the chance opportuities that came to him and has so many good things to say about the people he worked with — not only the “Pythons,” but many many others as well. His book titilated my curiosity to seek out some of the early radio and TV comedy shows that infuenced him and read some of the books he found interesting. I found it to be a “can’t put down” read.
  • So Anyway...

    By Barbtender1
    Delightfully fun and brilliantly absurd, this memoir was everything I hoped it would be. Three cheers to Cleese and the Pythons for "Starbucking" ridiculousness raising the bar for comedy, today.
  • So, Anyway...

    By All done blue
    Very funny. Obviously, Mr. Cleese fired his ghost writer and wrote the thing himself...

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