New chapter for the 2003 edition bringing John Cleese's story right up to date A true classic - and a bestseller John Cleese is still constantly in the public eye and one of Britain's best-loved personalities Both 'Monty Python' and 'Fawlty Towers' are regularly reshown and 'Fawlty Towers' still features in the All-time Top Comedy listings A new, definitive, biography, MONTY PYTHON BY THE PYTHONS is to be published later in 2003 in Orion trade Jonathon Margolis received terrific reviews: 'A delight' THE TIMES 'Thorough and engrossing' DAILY MAIL 'Thoughtful and incisive' IRISH TIMES 'A well-wr
Jonathan Margolis is a well known journalist and author of five successful showbusiness biographies.
British journalist Margolis, undeterred by his subject's opposition to this biography, produces an edifying, entertaining portrait of internationally-known comedian John Cleese. Member of the Monty Python troupe, creator and star of the BBC comedy series Fawlty Towers , writer and star of the notable film A Fish Called Wanda, the towering (nearly 65) Cleese delights in mocking stuffy British authority figures. Here, we follow the development of his subversive wit during his quiet, cricket-playing adolescence to his more extroverted years at Cambridge University; although urged by parents and teachers to be a schoolmaster or barrister, Cleese preferred to target such professions with his comedy. We take a behind-the-scenes look at Monty Python's bickering members, meet Cleese's ex-wives and companions, learn of the comedian's positive views of his psychotherapy. Although Margolis must sometimes backtrack as he speeds through his roughly chronological narrative, he describes memorable comic turns--Cleese's silly walks, for example--admirably. Anecdotes, thoughtful observations and quotes collected from Cleese's acquaintances, friends and published statements make this an altogether enjoyable account. Photos. (Oct.)
This unauthorized biography, written by a self-described ``unreconstructed admirer'' of John Cleese, offers a respectful and well-researched--if not very meaty--profile of the most famous member of the Monty Python comedy ensemble. Margolis recounts Cleese's career as an erstwhile law student, revue sketch comedian, member of Monty Python, maker of best-selling industrial films, coauthor of pop psychology books, cocreator of the Fawlty Towers TV series and hit film A Fish Called Wanda (1988), and commercial spokesperson-for-hire. Cleese fans who aren't already familiar with these details will be fascinated to learn what a complex, enterprising, and generously talented individual this popular performer really is. For popular collections.-- Anne Sharp, Ypsilanti Dist. Lib., Mich.