Jonathan was interviewed in the BAFTA LA series 'Behind Closed Doors'. This reel of clips from his work was shown to an enthusiastic audience.

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Fans of YES PRIME MINISTER will perhaps be interested to hear that rights to the play (which I co-wrote with Antony Jay) have been sold to Belgium, Holland, Hungary, Germany, Finland, Denmark, Malta, Spain, Israel, Croatia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.


Nearly 600,000 people have read this recent front page story on Buzzfeed.

"Something Terrible Has Happened Here": The Crazy Story Of How "Clue" Went From Forgotten Flop To Cult Triumph

By Adam B. Vary
September 2, 2013

That a high-concept, fast-talking farce based on a board game was a box office bomb in 1985 is no huge mystery. But figuring out how it became an enduring favorite is a Hollywood whodunit for the ages. (The prime suspect: you, in the living room, with the remote control.)

When I was 11 or 12, I stumbled upon a mystery that has stayed with me my entire life. It was the early 1990s. I was idly channel-flipping while hanging with friends on a lazy summer evening. At some point, I came across a movie set inside an old-fashioned New England mansion packed with adults in fancy party clothes racing around and screaming at each other. One was dressed in a tuxedo and speaking with a rapid singsong British accent so instantly amusing, I put the remote down just to see what the heck was going on.

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Yes Prime Minister's US premiere at the Geffen Playhouse in the summer was a hit!
It played to 90% capacity, and was the biggest box office success of the Geffen's season. Business was still building by the time it had to end the season.


COMEDY RULES - new book by Jonathan Lynn
published by Faber and Faber in August, 2011

In Comedy Rules, Lynn sheds light on how it's done with 150 rules covering such vexed topics as:

  • Inspiration, collaboration and the Seven Deadly Sins
  • The perils of unmotivated comic business
  • Sexist jokes, taboos and bad taste
  • Pitching screenplays in LA
  • Writing outside your experience
  • Avoiding lunch with the Inland Revenue

'A terrific read, a masterclass in comedy. To anyone starting out, writing, performing, or producing, Comedy Rules! is a gem. It is also a very engaging memoir of such a productive, creative, and successful career. Finally, perhaps most importantly, it is absolutely hilarious. Terribly funny.'
Robbie Coltrane

'Stayed up half the night reading it...loved it. It's about WHAT I DO!'
Steve Martin

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Comedy Rules is available at Amazon.

Interview: Meet the Author: Jonathan Lynn, BBC News Entertainment and Arts, Sep. 17 2011

Interview with Jonathan Lynn on Front Row, BBC Radio 4 (begins after 1 min 8 sec) »


Wild Target The Fighting Temptations
The Whole Nine Yards Trial and Error
Sgt. Bilko Greedy
The Distinguished Gentleman My Cousin Vinny
Nuns On The Run Clue

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