So Anyway by John Cleese


John Cleese's hilarious bestselling autobiography details his extraordinary life and career from awkward teen in Weston-super-Mare to Monty Python and superstardom, with a bit of cricket thrown in for good measure.

John also offers his thoughts on diverse topics from the nature of comedy to the importance of knowing the dates of all the kings and queens of England. A must-read for comedy fans.

Excerpts from John's webchat with Gransnet:

How do you manage to come up with such good jokes?

I used to be able to write funny dialogue but I never thought I was very good at writing jokes. However, I think I got better at it. Being funny is about being relaxed, and playful, the difference between creative people and less creative people is that the former know how to play- how to get into a more playful mood. It's nothing to do with IQ.

Terry Jones describes the relationship you have as like an old married couple. What do you bicker about?

We do bicker all of the time but most of it is funny stuff. A bit like the sports changing room- everyone trying to come up with a better put down. We don't bicker about anything in particular- it's just entertainment. 

Do you think your comedy career has benefitted from your being tall?

No, but I think that being tall has benefited from my comedy career.

Do you still have a hamster?

Yes I still have the hamster that I write about in the book. I bought it in the autumn of 1960, and it's not as lively as it was.


You can read the rest of the webchat here.


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About the author

John Marwood Cleese was born in Weston-super-Mare in 1939 and educated at Clifton College and at Cambridge. He went on to co-found the legendary Monty Python comedy troupe, writing and performing in the TV series and in films that include Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Life of Brian.

Later, he wrote and co-starred in Fawlty Towers, A Fish Called Wanda and Fierce Creatures and has appeared in many other films, from James Bond to Harry Potter to Shrek. He lives in London.





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