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Candid and brilliantly funny, this is the story of how a tall, shy youth from Weston-super-Mare went on to become a self-confessed legend. En route, John Cleese describes his nerve-racking first public appearance, at St Peter's Preparatory School at the age of eight and five-sixths; his endlessly peripatetic home life with parents who seemed incapable of staying in any house for longer than six months; his first experiences in the world of work as a teacher who knew nothing about the subjects he was expected to teach; his hamster-owning days at Cambridge; and his first encounter with the man who would be his writing partner for over two decades, Graham Chapman. And so on to his dizzying ascent via scriptwriting for Peter Sellers, David Frost, Marty Feldman and others to the heights of Monty Python. Punctuated from time to time with John Cleese's thoughts on topics as diverse as the nature of comedy, the relative merits of cricket and waterskiing, and the importance of knowing the dates of all the kings and queens of England, this is a masterly performance by a former schoolmaster.
In hugely entertaining prose, Cleese recounts his early years, including a hilarious period spent teaching at his old prep school before going to Cambridge, where he became part of the famous Footlights, and managed to get a passable law degree. He was about to embark on a legal career, when he was offered a job as a trainee producer-writer in the BBC Radio Light Entertainment Department. He doesn’t dwell on many post-Monty Python projects and one ends the book feeling that there is a lot more to tell.
Publication date: 04/06/2015
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone
|Publication date:||4th June 2015|
|Publisher:||Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites,|
|Categories:||Autobiography: arts & entertainment, Individual actors & performers, Television, Films, cinema, Performing arts: comedy,|
John Marwood Cleese was born in Weston-super-Mare in 1939 and educated at Clifton College and at Cambridge. He achieved his first big success in the West End and as a scriptwriter and performer on The Frost Report. He went on to co-found the legendary Monty Python comedy troupe, writing and performing in the first three TV series and in Monty Python films that include Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Life of Brian. In the mid-1970s, John Cleese and his first wife, Connie Booth, co-wrote and starred in the now-classic sitcom, Fawlty Towers. Later, he wrote and co-starred in ...More About John Cleese