John Cleese, information about my favourite comedian

John Cleese

Welcome to my page about John Cleese!

Ok, this is the story, I put together this linkpage in '94, mostly just for my own sake, and left it like that.
Much later, like the spring '97, I was redecorating my startpage and mentioned that I had abandon this page...and the result was that I immediatly got many visitors here, and mails about the links didn't work etcetera...

So it seems like the world needs a page like this anyway, so I'll at update it once (or maybe twice) in a while...


John Cleese

John Cleese photo We can start with a very,very,very, incredible not-large-at-all ("No 3. The Larch. T-h-e L-a-r-c-h") biography about the man:
John Marwood Cleese was born on the 27th of October 1939 in Weston-super-Mare, son of Reg Cleese and Muriel Cross. The birth place was more exactly Number 6 Ellesmere road, which nowadays belongs to Stuart Harvey (who happens to be brother to Kevin Harvey, none of them famous for anything as far as I know....if you wonder where I get all these useless information, my main sources are the backsides of milk cartons and little notes I find in other peoples garbage cans).
John Cleese 2002
John Cleese, nowdays (2002)
6 Ellesmere Road
No 6 Ellesmere Road, nowadays (2002) Google Street View link

John Cleese is about 195 cm tall, but was probably somewhat smaller at birth. Regs father was John Edwin Cheese, but when Reg joined the army 1915 he changed his last name to Cleese. One cannot help but wonder if the cheese-sketch was inspired by Johns grandfathers last name.
John is probably pleased that his father changed the last name since one of his best friends in the youth had the last name "Butter". Some useless fact is that in the 20s Reg Cleese was in India and lived in the same house as the brother to the author P.G. Wodehouse.
His first months John lived at the address Ellesmere Road 6. In school cricket was his favourite sport and he was captain for the school team. 1953 died his grandfather John Edwin Cheese, and the family moved to his house, East Shrubbery 2, next to the police station in Bristol. ("You must bring a ...shrubbery!"). Google Streetview of East Shrubbery 2
When he was about 13 he started to organize jokes he liked, and write them down. His favourite radio show at that age was "The Goon Show". One of Johns teacher in history had difficulties pronouncing "r". (See the sketch about Pontius Pilatus in "Life of Brian" and you'll see what I mean)
When John Cleese started at Cambridge in October 1960 he decided to join the group "The Footlights Club", in the second term he got into the club.
In 1972 he formed the company Video Arts together with three friends. The company was doing business training videos, and this company made John Cleese his fortune. The company was sold in 1989 for 50 million british pounds, 7 of them got to Mr. Cleese. Even though he is not owning the company anymore, he is still working with them, since he likes the people there "As I get older, it seems even nicer to work with friends". For the 30 year anniversary he has done two videos "Messing Up A Meeting" and "Meeting Menaces" together with Video Arts (released in September 2002).
Nowadays Cleese rarely gives interviews, if he does, it is to plug some new movie or products. He is spending much time in America to be close to his daugther from his second marriage. He is now into his third marriage, being married to the American psychologist Alyce Faye Eichelberger.
Some more vital information, John Cleese got artwork by Po Shun Long. (How the hell do I know?! Simple; One of the old links from '94 was about that artist, unfortunatly that page has ceased to exist, but I thought the world should know that piece of information...I hope you feel enlightened.)


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Judge Cleese And now for something completly different, the Links. T-h-e L-i-n-k-s:

John Cleese

A Positive Light - John Cleese, Someone Completely Different
BBC - h2g2 - John Cleese - Comedy Writer and Actor - A736382
Cleese, John
Don Ignacio Pays Tribute to John Cleese
E! Online News - Return of the Near-Full Monty--Python, That Is
E! Online News - Writers Guild Honors "Blade," "Fargo"
Human Face -- The Learning Channel (TLC) -- human face
John Cleese Training Videos
John Cleese
PEOPLE MAGAZINE - John Cleese Feature (1988_)
Pythonline > Biographies > John Cleese
Voice work of John Cleese
[05_18_95] Reasons John Cleese Could Not Be On Our Program
  from David Letterman Show, read by John Cleese on videotape

Monty Python

Monty Python's Completely Useless Web Site
Monty Python's Daily Llama
Monty Python's Flying Circus


Graham Chapman
My Review of Terry Jones "Starship Titanic"


Families and How to Survive Them
  by Robin Skynner and John Cleese
Written in an unconventional dialogue form, this book explores the inner workings of the modern family, and the interactions between couples and their children.
I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again 4
Life and How to Survive It
  by Robin Skynner and John Cleese
This text seeks to act as a "map" to guide people through their everyday lives and help them retain their individuality while co-operating in joint endeavours. It also explores the nature of competition and sportsmanship, of humour in relation to health, and of change and how to cope with it.
Monty Python's Flying Circus
The Complete Fawlty Towers
What did Basil Fawlty fail to avoid mentioning? Why did Sybil keep snagging her cardies? Where was Polly on the night of the Great Wedding Anniversary disaster? This book presents the scripts for the show's classic episodes.
The Fairly Incomplete and Rather Badly Illustrated Monty Python Song Bo
A Liar's Autobiography
A Pocketful of Python Vol 2
A Pocketful of Python Vol 3
A Pocketful of Python Vol 4
John Cleese at the Beeb
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Monty Python by The Pythons
Monty Python's Big Red Book
The Completely Incomplete Graham Chapman
The Monty Python's "The Life of Brian"

Books at

A Fish Called Wanda _ The Screenplay (Applause Screenplay Series)
Complete Fawlty Towers
Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are_ (Dr. Seuss Book and Cassette Class
Families _ And How to Survive Them
Graham Crackers _ Fuzzy Memories, Silly Bits, and Outright Lies
Life Before and After Monty Python _ The Solo Flights of the Flying Circus
Life and How to Survive It
Screwtape Letters
The Complete Monty Python's Flying Circus _ All the Words, Volume 2
The Complete Monty Python's Flying Circus _ All the Words
The Fairly Incomplete & Rather Badly Illustrated Monty Python Songbook
The First 200 Years of Monty Python
The Inferno of Dante [ABRIDGED]

DVDs at

A Fish Called Wanda [1988]
Clockwise [1985]
Erik The Viking [1989]
Fawlty Towers - Complete
Fierce Creatures [2000]
How To Irritate People [1968]
Monty Python and the Holy Grail -- Two-disc set [1974]
Monty Python's Flying Circus - The Best Of Monty Python's Flying Cir
Monty Python's Life Of Brian [1979]
Monty Python's The Meaning Of Life [1983]
Silverado [1985]

Movies at

And Now for Something Completely Different
At Her Majesty's Pleasure
Communications Problems
Dr. Seuss - Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are_
Fawlty Towers - Basil the Rat
Fawlty Towers - The Germans
Fawlty Towers - The Kipper and the Corpse
Fawlty Towers - The Psychiatrist
Fierce Creatures
Fish Called Wanda
Hotel Inspectors
How to Irritate People
John Cleese
Life of Python
Monty Python Gift Set
Monty Python's Parrot Sketch Not Included
Romance With a Double Bass
Secret Policeman's Ball
Strange Case of the End of Civilization As We Know It
Time Bandits