So Anyway by JOHN CLEESESo Anyway by JOHN CLEESE

So Anyway

byJOHN CLEESE

Hardcover | November 4, 2014

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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 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.

JOHN CLEESE, the star of Monty Python and Fawlty Towers and an entertainment legend, is also a lecturer on creativity and is currently professor-at-large at Cornell University. He currently spends most of his time in England.
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Title:So AnywayFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:400 pages, 9.43 X 6.43 X 1.39 inShipping dimensions:400 pages, 9.43 X 6.43 X 1.39 inPublished:November 4, 2014Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0385680244

ISBN - 13:9780385680240

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A New York Times BestsellerNational Bestseller "Rollickingly funny." —National Post "A funny, briskly readable account of [Cleese''s] life and the evolution of his sense of humour, from childhood to the early days of the Pythons." —The Globe and Mail "This is exactly what you''d want from a Monty Python alumnus''s autobiography: erudite, rigorous and frequently laugh-out-loud funny." —Montreal Gazette"Engaging and funny. . . . Full of seasoned observations on the mechanics of comedy and the elusive reasons why we laugh." —Georgia Straight"If you''re at all familiar with Cleese, you won''t be surprised to hear that the book is very funny . . . and that it''s also smart, outspoken and, in places, almost startlingly introspective. . . . Reading this book is like having Cleese take us on a guided tour through his own past, and it''s a real treat." —The Chronicle Herald (Halifax)"So, Anyway . . . ambles along in loose fashion, taking its time, stopping to admire the view here and there. . . . The effect is a bit like having a long lunch with an amiable, slightly loony uncle. Who also happens to be John Cleese." —The New York Times Book Review"John Cleese''s charming memoir takes us up to the formation of Monty Python, but in his clever, capable hands, this opening act is every bit as good as the headliner." ―The Daily Beast"So funny that you may find yourself engaged in that sort of shoulder-shaking, life-threatening laughter. Cleese’s style is self-deprecating and his humour is very dark, and he has an amusing way of veering into the absurd in the middle of an otherwise sober sentence. . . . There are likely more books to come, and that’s a welcome thought." —London Free Press  "A fascinating look at the way Cleese developed his hugely successful working methods." —Esquire "John Cleese is a big, tall, stiff-upper-lipped international symbol of British wit. . . . [He] has written a memoir that brings him from boyhood in a quiet British town called Weston to the footlights of London and screens all over the world." —NPR  "John Cleese''s memoir is just about everything one would expect of its author—smart, thoughtful, provocative and above all funny." —The Washington Post"Finely written, genuinely engaging. . . . [Cleese is] good-humoured and witty, meriting the warmth shown him." —The Telegraph (UK) "Comic genius." —The Times (UK) "Vivid, ridiculously entertaining, and, at times, explosively funny. That last attribute probably should not come as too much of a shock, given that Cleese is one of the most lauded British comedians of the past century. . . . Cleese is a master of crisp comic prose: his elegant syntax and sudden absurdities would have PG Wodehouse raising a martini glass.” —The Express (UK)“A book that is frequently hilarious, occasionally lyrical and always thoughtful. It is a fine and funny achievement. . . . The book also has a delightful rhythm and structure to it, which helps reveal the thoughtful, angry and obsessive elements of the Cleese psyche while never allowing them to become overbearing. . . . What Cleese does . . . is stand back and ask questions of himself and others. But he also does something else constantly, which is why this is such a wonderful and inventive book: he throws back his head and laughs." —The Herald (Scotland)