John Cleese – Creativity: How Modern Culture Has Stifled Comedy And Shifted What Is “Funny”

John Cleese is the British comedian, actor, screenwriter, author, and founding member of Monty Python and now he returns with his new book ‘Creativity: A Short and Cheerful Guide’, which explores the skill of imaginative thinking and explains how we can all develop our creative unconscious.

John’s early success came from Monty Python’s movies such as ‘Life Of Brian’, and ‘The Meaning Of Life’, and ‘Monty Python and The Holy Grail’. He also starred as a host of characters in Monty Python’s Flying Circus; a sketch show which went on to tour across the world with some of John’s stand-out characters featured in ‘Argument Clinic’, ‘Ministry of Silly Walks’, and ‘Dead Parrot sketch’.

Following the success with his University classmates, John Cleese went on to create one of the most iconic characters in British comedy in Basil Fawlty from ‘Fawlty Towers’, for which he won the 1980 BAFTA for Best Entertainment Performance.

With a television career spanning six decades, John has had his fair share of run-ins with censorship and cancel culture to a point where the BBC has removed his Fawlty Towers episode titled ‘The Germans’ back in 1975 because it contained a racial slur.

John is an advocate for writing jokes about anything, but believes it is becoming much harder to be creative with political correctness – a subject he believes has gone too far to where any form of criticism of an individual or group is labeled as cruel.

In his first appearance on the Digital Freedom Platform, tune in as John Cleese discusses topics including his new book, Monty Python, writing comedy, censorship and cancel culture.