John is a superb inspirational speaker on the importance of creativity in business as well as being a popular writer, actor and comedian who believes “he who laughs most learns best”.
John Cleese is one of Britain’s best known actors, writers and comedians. He is also an extraordinarily popular lecturer who enthrals packed audiences worldwide. Often named “the funniest man alive” he has created a unique comedic style. He is best known for his classic TV series Fawlty Towers and the exploits of the Monty Python troupe. He wrote, produced and starred in A Fish Called Wanda which won him both commercial and critical success and earned him a British Academy award and an Oscar nomination for his screenplay.
His influence is also felt in the corporate world as the founder of Video Arts, the world’s largest provider of business training programs. On the lecture stage, he brings his training videos to life with his boundless energy and his love for teaching and making people laugh.
John was born in Weston-Super-Mare, England and enrolled at Cambridge’s Downing college where he intended on studying law. All that changed when he joined the celebrated Cambridge Footlights Society drama club. There he met his future writing partner and Monty Python member Graham Chapman.
John entered professional comedy in 1966 with a writing and performing stint on David Frost’s The Frost Report at the BBC. In 1969 he wrote and starred in the first of the classic Monty Python’s Flying Circus Programmes with Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam. They were soon collaborating on what would become Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life.
In addition to his work with the Pythons, John along with his first wife Connie Booth, created the popular television series Fawlty Towers in 1975 which ran for a number of years during which time John also continued to make movies. He starred in many Hollywood movies including Clockwise, Mary Shelby’s Frankenstein, Time Bandits, The Jungle Book and The Out-of-Towners. He has also appeared in several James Bond and Harry Potter movies.
Despite his diverse interests, one of his steadfast commitments has always been to business training and has acted in a number of his successful business training films such as Meetings, Bloody Meetings, and More Bloody Meetings about how to set up and run successful meetings. He attributes his success at making hit training programs to his fascination with psychology and his love for teaching and comedy. He is co-author of two books on psychology Families and How to Survive Them and Life and How to Survive it.
John’s presentations are a unique mix of humour and corporate business skills and as a speaker he is unrivalled with this excellent use of comedy offering audiences a memorable and effective business training tool.