‘So Anyway…’ by John Cleese


From his earliest memories of school, to the Monty Python O2 show in 2014, John Cleese reveals the intricacies of his life and career, and how studying for a degree in law led him into such iconic shows as the Cambridge Footlights, TW3, At Last it’s the 1948 Show and of course, Fawlty Towers. Detailing his work with Python co-writer Graham Chapman, Cleese also recounts his writing and acting contributions with comic legends such as Peter Sellers, David Frost and Marty Feldman.

Having long been a fan of all things Cleese, I enjoyed this book immensely. While, as some reviewers have expressed, it isn’t packed to the gills with unceasing comedy gold, it is nevertheless at times absolutely hilarious, to the point where I had to re-stich my split sides many times over. What is truly fascinating, however, is JC’s talent for deconstructing comedy, highlighting how and why some sketches worked and some didn’t. Including several short recordings from classic shows, Cleese also reveals the inspiration for such classic Python sketches as The Cheese Shop, The Parrot Sketch and many more.

An absolute gem that entertained me from start to finish.

  3 comments for “‘So Anyway…’ by John Cleese

  1. 20/06/2020 at 12:16 PM

    I know my husband’s got this book somewhere, but I wonder if he’d enjoy the audio version. Cleese knows how to spin a yarn 🙂


    • 20/06/2020 at 8:52 PM

      I think it’s worth it – one of the things I liked about the audio version is that he laughs a lot, which is kinda nice.

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  2. 21/05/2020 at 5:36 AM

    I think my husband would really like this, Colin. Thanks for this review.


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