John Cleese Biography

An instigator of some of the more groundbreaking developments in twentieth-century comedy, John Cleese is one of Britain's best-known actors, writers and comedians. Famous primarily for his comic efforts, he has also become a well-respected actor in his own right and has co-written books on psychiatry entitled Families And How to Survive Them and Life And How to Survive It.

Cleese entered professional comedy with a writing stint on David Frost's The Frost Report in 1966. While working for that BBC show, Cleese and Chapman met fellow Frost Report writers Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. They were soon collaborating on what would become Monty Python's Flying Circus with Terry Gilliam. Cleese stayed with Monty Python for three series; after he left, he reunited with his fellow Pythons for three movies. The first, Monty Python And The Holy Grail in 1974, with Life of Brian followed in 1979 and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life in 1983.

In addition to his work with the Pythons, Cleese, along with first wife Connie Booth, created the popular television series Fawlty Towers in 1975. It ran for a number of years, during which time Cleese also continued to make movies. Throughout the 1980s, he showed up in films ranging from The Great Muppet Caper (1981) to Silverado (1985). In 1988, Cleese struck gold with A Fish Called Wanda, which he wrote, produced and starred in. The film won both commercial and critical success, earning Cleese a British Academy Award and an Oscar nomination for his screenplay, and an Oscar for co-star Kevin Kline.

Cleese continued to work steadily through the 1990s, appearing in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), The Wind In The Willows (1997), George of the Jungle (1997), and the James bond film, The World is Not Enough (1999). Moving into the 21st century, Cleese toured through Europe and Canada with his stage show, John Cleese—His Life, Times and Current Medical Problems, and his comedy tour entitled John Cleese: Last Time to See Me Before I Die. Since 2013, Cleese has focused on voice acting, including voicing King Gristle in the movie Trolls.

In 1992, the UK Health Education Authority recruited Cleese, an ex-smoker, to star in a series of anti-smoking public service announcements (PSAs) on British television, which took the form of sketches rife with morbid humor about smoking and were designed to encourage adult smokers to quit.

John Cleese is also respected worldwide for his corporate training programs produced by Video Arts, a company he founded in London in 1972 with four associates from the BBC. Despite his diverse interests, one of his steadfast commitments has always been to business training. He attributes his success at making hit training programs to his fascination with psychology and his love for acting, teaching and making people laugh. "Humor in training increases retention and decreases anxiety", Cleese said. "If the training point is surrounded with humor, it can be readily digested, remembered and applied".

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John Cleese Videos

W5 Extended: John Cleese on Monty Python
John Cleese Says Trump Reminds Him Of A Pro Wrestler
John Cleese - In Conversation with Graham Johnson & John Ford

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Booking fees for John Cleese, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire John Cleese, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for John Cleese?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like John Cleese for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book John Cleese for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent John Cleese or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for John Cleese or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


John Cleese is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including College, Business and Inspirational. The estimated speaking fee range to book John Cleese for live events is $100,000 - $200,000. Please contact us for virtual event fees. John Cleese generally travels from London, UK and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Steve Martin, Sir Richard Branson and Gary Vaynerchuk. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling John Cleese for an upcoming event.

John Cleese Videos

W5 Extended: John Cleese on Monty Python
John Cleese Says Trump Reminds Him Of A Pro Wrestler
John Cleese - In Conversation with Graham Johnson & John Ford
John Cleese Did Not Enjoy Filming Monty Python and the Holy Grail

John Cleese Speaking Topics

  • The Importance of Creativity

    Too often businesses are all about one thing: business. With an eye ruthlessly fixed on the bottom line, businesses sometimes neglect to remember that the human capacity for enjoyment and fun can make for much better business climates than those in which an eye is invariably fixed on margins, overhead and costs. John Cleese, one of the most influential comic writers and actors of the past 40 years, shows you how an element of creativity in the business world can reap untold dividends, from recruitment, training and retaining employees, to better and more enjoyable customer service, to helping businesses innovate and accommodate change.

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How to book John Cleese?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like John Cleese for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for John Cleese, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for John Cleese or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book John Cleese?

Booking fees for John Cleese, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire John Cleese, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for John Cleese?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like John Cleese for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book John Cleese for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent John Cleese or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for John Cleese or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


John Cleese is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including College, Business and Inspirational. The estimated speaking fee range to book John Cleese for live events is $100,000 - $200,000. Please contact us for virtual event fees. John Cleese generally travels from London, UK and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Steve Martin, Sir Richard Branson and Gary Vaynerchuk. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling John Cleese for an upcoming event.

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