Former Python John Cleese to Write Autobiography

John Cleese at a London gallery show of his art collection in 2010. (Alan Davidson, Picturegroup/AP Images)

It’s reason enough to buy a Kindle. John Cleese, the British funnyman who was a founding member of the Monty Python comedy group, starred in the Britcom Fawlty Towers (1975-79) and in the film A Fish Called Wanda (1988), has signed to write his autobiography.

There’s as yet no title or publication date but Random House will publish the book in both the U.S. and the U.K.

Count on Cleese to answer the big questions about himself, just as he recently responded to Twitter comments and questions here about classic Monty Python sketches:

In a statement, the publishing house said, “From gangly adolescent (he was six feet tall at the age of 12) to giant of the comedy world, John Cleese has led an extraordinary life and enjoyed astonishing acclaim. Now he plans to tell the inside story of how a shy child from Weston-super-Mare, who dabbled briefly with teaching and law, went on to become one of the most feted writers and performers of the past fifty years. His autobiography, like the man himself, promises to be both hilariously frank and frankly hilarious.”

The New York Times quoted Cleese as saying, “It’s the perfect moment to look back on my life in anticipation of the next fifty years.”


Are you eager to read John Cleese’s memoirs?