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John Cleese

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, So, Anyway…, 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 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.

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, So, Anyway…, 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 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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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, So, Anyway…, 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 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.

Language:

English

Length:

13h 33m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:29


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:49


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:27


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:59


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:59


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:52


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:20


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:28


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:10


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:52


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:36


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:29


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:47


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:29


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:28


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:08


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:25


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:32


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:31


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:15


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:48


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:56


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:40


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:15


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:57


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:30


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:34


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:58


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:25


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:02


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:35


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:21


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:32


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

09:04


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:37


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:41


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:42


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:00


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:21


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:56


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:19


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:18


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:56


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:12


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:11


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:31


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:42


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

09:01


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:26


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:59


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:04


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:16


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:33


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:25


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:05


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:44


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:26


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:01


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:59


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:36


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:18


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:46


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:05


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:51


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

09:00


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:19


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:25


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:44


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:47


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:52


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:52


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:28


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:40


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:25


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:13


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

08:18


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:21


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

08:42


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:01


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:33


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:02


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

09:10


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:52


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:13


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:52


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:22


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:43


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

09:12


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:48


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:32


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

08:08


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:30


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:38


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:03


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

08:05


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:06


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

08:31


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:21


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

08:21


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

08:25


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

08:12


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

07:39


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

08:47


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

08:55


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:37


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

07:35


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:54


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:13


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

08:19


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:04


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:42


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

00:25