So John Cleese walks into a bar…
At 6 feet 5 inches, the “Fish Called Wanda” star and “Monty Python” mainstay would be a head-turner even if he weren’t one of the most recognizable comic writer/actors of the last 40 years. He’s in Washington to promote “So, Anyway,” 375 pages of autobiographical recollections, packed with one-liners.
But it’s not, strictly speaking, a comedy book. It’s not, to the probable dismay of “Monty Python” fans, even a thorough personal history of the absurdist, Ministry of Silly Walks-taking, Black Knight-maiming, you-sold-me-a-dead-parrot-I-want-to-return-it comedy troupe.
It’s Cleese’s life story, from childhood in the tiny English town of Weston-super-Mare onwards, through high school, Cambridge, performances in London, New Zealand (where the awkward Cleese lost his virginity), New York and ultimately the process of putting together “Monty Python.” It’s also an examination of how he used humor as a means to survive life, and what, at 75, the co-creator of “Read More »from John Cleese: U.S. politics are funny but ‘dangerous’