Listen to John Cleese Just Devastate New Zealanders

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Listening to John Cleese present the roadmap of his comedy career is like having someone calmly narrate the most absurd carnival ride in history. In his new memoir, So Anyway..., Cleese, he of Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and fistfuls of cameos all across the cinema landscape, divulges his rise from a kid living three hours outside London, to narrowly dodging a law career, to becoming one of the best-known names in comedy. It's bitingly funny and incredibly earnest about what being funny actually means — and, bonus, Cleese himself narrates the audiobook.

In an exclusive audio excerpt for Men's Journal, Cleese lays down what he does best: A polite, thoughtful, and utterly devastating commentary on his crew's tour through New Zealand. Excerpted courtesy of Penguin Random House Audio, from So Anyway..., written and narrated by John Cleese.