Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young crushed their rebel brands by bleeding ticket holders dry and abandoning free speech, respectively.
Not John Cleese.
The 83-year-old comic is as funny, and feisty as ever, skewering uptight scolds and defending his work against the woke revolution. Few voices are as strong, and unrelenting against cancel culture.
He’s older and grayer, but his wit and wisdom appear untouched by time (and the pressure to conform to modern mores).
Fans may know him best for his decades of work in Monty Python, but his comedy career began early and stretches from iconic movies (“A Fish Called Wanda”) to legendary sitcoms (“Fawlty Towers”).
His comedy career kicked off Clifton College where he was studying law at the time. He later joined Cambridge University’s Footlights Club comedy troupe before snagging a writing gig for BBC radio mere days before his planned law career began.
His college days had one other benefit. He met future Python colleague Graham Chapman at Cambridge University.
Cleese stayed busy post-graduation, penning material for British superstars like David Frost and Peter Sellers.
He eventually joined Chapman and cutups Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and…