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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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By G. Beauchamp on 01-15-17
Cleese, the early years, in his own voice
This is a really fun autobiography, but before you buy, you do need to take note of one thing: The book more or less ends when Monty Python is formed. Things like Fawlty Towers and A Fish Called Wanda are mentioned often, but they are not really covered.
The book is joy to listen to, as Mr Cleese recalls his childhood, education, and early work, both in the U.K. and U.S. There are a few actual clips of old routines, and he often has to pause to laugh as he relates funny episodes from his past.
My personal hope is that he decides to do a follow-up, covering the years from Monty Python to present day.
28 of 29 people found this review helpful
By rob on 01-20-17
A lovely memoir
If you're reading this, chances are that you're a Python fan already. Cleese delivers exactly what you'd expect. It's very funny, full of trivia for the fans, and his performance is absolutely genuine.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful