Mar 30, 2017
In October of 2015, I interviewed John Cleese for the Boston Globe in advance of a local stop on his book tour for <em>So Anyway...</em>, his fantastically funny memoir. There was plenty of material to ask about in the book. Cleese covers a lot of ground, especially concerning his formative years before he even knew that being funny for a living was an option for him. And I've been a fan for most of my life, having loved the movies as a kid, and studied Monty Python's Hollywood Bowl show with at least as much intensity as I applied to anything I was doing at school. But that can work against you. Cleese's work -- from Python to <em>Fawlty Towers</em> to <em>A Fish Called Wanda</em> -- has been analyzed and quoted and parsed over decades. So how do you engage someone like that in an interview? What do you ask him that he hasn't already talked about dozens or hundreds or thousands of times? I acquitted myself fairly well, I believe. But I started the interview asking him what questions he was tired of answering.