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tamadrm 10-14-2013 07:07 PM

Monty Python Fans
 
I just watched a series of TV shows the other day on cable,about the British comedy group some of you are familiar with.

They had a series of TV shows on the BBC from that late 60's and were some of the best innovative and original comedic skits on the planet.

I live in the US,so I only became aware of their genius in the early 70's ,thanks to public television.It was a Sunday night must watch for me and a few friends.

They also did live shows and had several hit movies.The surviving 5 members of Monty Python were interviewed,as well as several celebrities,which also gave personal commentary during the series of shows which examined the TV series as well as all of their movies.

One of the toughest questions asked was: what was your favorite skit,and what was your favorite movie.

Mine has to be between the "Lumber Jack" and "Dead Parrot" skit.( the "Lumber Jack skit,actually starts with the "Barber Shop" skit,which is also hysterical )

My favorite movie still has to be "Monty Python and the Holy Grail",with "The Life of Brian" a close second.

Something shocking was revealed during the series,and that was the BBC in a cost cutting move,used to erase TV tapes,and reuse them to save money.One of the troop found this out,and bought all of them from the BBC,who no doubt,would have erased all of them....and all of their art,would have been lost forever.

After watching something that great and innovative,I can't imagine never to have seen it in the first place.

If you're aware of the Pythons,please comment ,and if you're not...then ...for the love of it all,please check out youtube, for some sheer comedy genius.

Steve B

Jeremy Bender 10-14-2013 07:14 PM

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I liked the "Ministry of Silly Walks" skit as well as the movie "Life of Brian".
Ditto on PBS Sunday nights in the 70's!

zarrdoss 10-14-2013 07:19 PM

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I never laughed so hard when I watched Holly Grail, when they started catapulting those cows.

Magenta 10-14-2013 07:33 PM

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Monty Python gets me into so much trouble. My best friend (also a Pythonite) and I were at a friend's birthday do, when somebody mentioned two sheds. We absolutely COLLAPSED, crying with laughter, and everybody else was completely baffled and thought we were horrifically rude. In fact I'm snorking to myself as I'm typing this, it was possibly the funniest thing that has ever happened in my life (you had to be there). Don't even think of mentioning mattresses, otherwise I'll have to get into the fish tank and sing.

If you ever get the chance, go and see Spamalot. I detest musicals with a passion that I normally reserve for golf, but it's quite quite brilliant. The last time I went, there were some people in the audience who brought their own coconut shells, which I wished I'd thought of, and will definitely think of the next time I go.

One of my internet personas (Magenta is only one of them) has the surname Apricot. Any Pythonite worth their salt will know immediately what my legally-recognised surname is. Yes, I've got it bad.

Oh and one last thing (though I could go on and on - oh wait, I already have): if you aren't familiar with the Penguin On The TV sketch, check it out. It's me and my best friend, according to our husbands.

CreeplyTuna 10-14-2013 07:53 PM

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Love the Pythons. "It's bicycle repair man!" All the films and the show. Brilliant.

8Mile 10-14-2013 08:12 PM

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Pure comedy genius. I was fortunate as a kid in the 70s to have really hip friends who were into Python. Like others, I was exposed thanks to public television. Flying Circus would run late nights on PBS with minimal censoring/editing. But what really blew my mind was seeing the films (also on PBS). I remember watching Holy Grail with my father and we were laughing non-stop, abdominal pain from all the guffaws.

"How many sparrows does it take to carry a coconut...."

tamadrm 10-14-2013 08:12 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Magenta (Post 1189156)
Monty Python gets me into so much trouble. My best friend (also a Pythonite) and I were at a friend's birthday do, when somebody mentioned two sheds. We absolutely COLLAPSED, crying with laughter, and everybody else was completely baffled and thought we were horrifically rude. In fact I'm snorking to myself as I'm typing this, it was possibly the funniest thing that has ever happened in my life (you had to be there). Don't even think of mentioning mattresses, otherwise I'll have to get into the fish tank and sing.

If you ever get the chance, go and see Spamalot. I detest musicals with a passion that I normally reserve for golf, but it's quite quite brilliant. The last time I went, there were some people in the audience who brought their own coconut shells, which I wished I'd thought of, and will definitely think of the next time I go.

One of my internet personas (Magenta is only one of them) has the surname Apricot. Any Pythonite worth their salt will know immediately what my legally-recognised surname is. Yes, I've got it bad.

Oh and one last thing (though I could go on and on - oh wait, I already have): if you aren't familiar with the Penguin On The TV sketch, check it out. It's me and my best friend, according to our husbands.

The exploding Penguin on the T.V. skit.I just watched it yesterday along with a scene from "The Life of Brian" when Cleese as a Roman Centurian,catches Graham Chapman writing graffiti, improperly in Latin on a wall, "Romans go Home",and proceeds to correct his spelling and conjugation.

Just remember...never attack a man with a banana.:):)

Steve B

mmulcahy1 10-14-2013 08:17 PM

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It's only a flesh wound!

Swiss Matthias 10-14-2013 08:19 PM

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Doctor, my brain hurts!!

Smoke 10-14-2013 08:35 PM

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I feel happy. I feel happy!

Magenta 10-14-2013 09:18 PM

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I wanted to re-name my house Caer Bannog, but Mr Madge wouldn't let me.

PQleyR 10-14-2013 09:34 PM

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I'm a big fan of course, although I am an equally big if not even bigger fan of its spiritual predecessor the Goon Show...any fans of that here? And then there's related things like the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band who were part of the same 'scene' as it were.

I tend to think of these things as part of a lineage which to my reckoning starts with Edward Lear but maybe it goes back further than that. Swift, perhaps?

Magenta 10-14-2013 10:05 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by PQleyR (Post 1189212)
I'm a big fan of course, although I am an equally big if not even bigger fan of its spiritual predecessor the Goon Show...any fans of that here? And then there's related things like the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band who were part of the same 'scene' as it were.

I'm not hugely keen on the Goons, but I proudly possess the entire oeuvre of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. Sheer class.

Bobrush 10-14-2013 10:26 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by tamadrm (Post 1189141)
Something shocking was revealed during the series,and that was the BBC in a cost cutting move,used to erase TV tapes,and reuse them to save money.One of the troop found this out,and bought all of them from the BBC,who no doubt,would have erased all of them....and all of their art,would have been lost forever.

I have heard of that. In fact, because of that, we have precious few Doctor Who episodes from the first ten years.

I just watched "Not The Messiah" on Netflix. If you haven't yet, you MUST see it. It is Eric Idle's oratorio on the Life of Brian. The ending was unbelievable, here's a hint: "I never wanted to be a Roman Emperor...". I saw Spamalot when it was brand new starring Tim Curry, David Hyde-Pierce and Hank Azaria. I liked it, but I like the movie and TV shows better. I still think "Meaning of Life" is my all-time #1 favorite movie, of any genre. I find it interesting that many people say they did not care for it that much, yet they can recite many many scenes from it. My high school was essentially the American version of the high school in the movie, except it was not a boarding school. Other than that, frighteningly similar.


Jete la vache! Jete la vache!

con struct 10-14-2013 10:46 PM

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The two sketches that always come to mind when I think of the Pythons are the Butcher Shop and the Spanish Inquisition.

caddywumpus 10-14-2013 11:12 PM

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I just subbed for a couple shows of Spamalot here in Portland. Basically, it's the musical version of The Holy Grail. It got me reinvigorated about Monty Python, searching through my stacks of old VHS tapes for the M.P. shows I taped off the tube when I was younger. Good stuff, and perfect timing that you bring it up.

My FAVORITE moment was one of the intros, where a man was swimming in to the camera from very far away, and you're watching him struggle and gasp, and after about a minute he finally gets to the shore, collapses, looks to the camera and says, "It's...." at which point they cut to the opening sequence. Perfect example of some of their tension and (non-)release, and how they take things really far to the point of absurdity.

JustJames 10-14-2013 11:38 PM

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My hovercraft is full of eels.

Otto 10-14-2013 11:53 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by con struct (Post 1189231)

...no one expects it!


...and woe is the sitter of....

THE COMFY CHAIR

Otto 10-14-2013 11:58 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by caddywumpus (Post 1189233)
I just subbed for a couple shows of Spamalot here in Portland. Basically, it's the musical version of The Holy Grail. It got me reinvigorated about Monty Python, searching through my stacks of old VHS tapes for the M.P. shows I taped off the tube when I was younger. Good stuff, and perfect timing that you bring it up.

My FAVORITE moment was one of the intros, where a man was swimming in to the camera from very far away, and you're watching him struggle and gasp, and after about a minute he finally gets to the shore, collapses, looks to the camera and says, "It's...." at which point they cut to the opening sequence. Perfect example of some of their tension and (non-)release, and how they take things really far to the point of absurdity.

I am truly envious of that gig!

DrumEatDrum 10-15-2013 05:23 AM

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I'm a lumberjack and I'm ok....

Ah yes, PBS on Sunday night.

BacteriumFendYoke 10-15-2013 05:20 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by PQleyR (Post 1189212)
I'm a big fan of course, although I am an equally big if not even bigger fan of its spiritual predecessor the Goon Show...any fans of that here? And then there's related things like the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band who were part of the same 'scene' as it were.

I tend to think of these things as part of a lineage which to my reckoning starts with Edward Lear but maybe it goes back further than that. Swift, perhaps?

Another Goonite here (no surprise here!). I used to listen to it in the car with my Dad.

I think 'The Phantom Head Shaver' is probably my favourite.

As for Python? I've watched the films (obviously) but I've only ever caught parts of the television series. The Fish-slapping sketch is my favourite visual sketch in anything I've ever seen but I need to explore deeper.

EDIT:

I just remembered 'Cheese Shop'. That gets me into absolute fits of giggles.

Magenta 10-15-2013 06:11 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by BacteriumFendYoke (Post 1189503)
I just remembered 'Cheese Shop'. That gets me into absolute fits of giggles.

That gets me into trouble on a regular basis. The mere words "It's a bit runny ..."

MaryO 10-15-2013 08:42 PM

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"We've found a witch...may we burn her?"

"She turned me into a newt....I got better!"

"He must be a king...he ain't go shit all over him!"

"Bring out Your Dead! But I'm not dead yet. You will be!"

"One, Two, Five! Three, Sir! Three!"


Shall I go on???? lol. Love me some Monty Python. The Holy Grail being my favorite. If you're a true fan, you'll pay as much attention to the credits as you do the movie...they're hilarious! I have seen Spam-a-Lot as well...fantastic.

George Harrison was a huge supporter of the group. If you haven't seen his memorial concert, look up the Lumberjack song done during the show with Tom Hanks. He also appeared on the Flying Circus a couple of times, I believe.

mmulcahy1 10-15-2013 08:51 PM

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King Arthur: Old woman.
Dennis: Man.
King Arthur: Man, sorry. What knight lives in that castle over there?
Dennis: I'm 37.
King Arthur: What?
Dennis: I'm 37. I'm not old.
King Arthur: Well I can't just call you "man".
Dennis: Well you could say "Dennis".
King Arthur: I didn't know you were called Dennis.
Dennis: Well you didn't bother to find out did you?
King Arthur: I did say sorry about the "old woman", but from behind you looked...
Dennis: What I object to is you automatically treat me like an inferior.
King Arthur: Well I am king.
Dennis: Oh, king eh? Very nice. And how'd you get that, eh? By exploiting the workers. By hanging on to outdated imperialist dogma which perpetuates the economic and social differences in our society.

Classic!

rmandelbaum 10-16-2013 03:30 AM

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This was one of my projects from audio engineering class, it was a group of 4 of us, we redid all the sound. The only sound effect we did not creat from scratch is the wind and birds.

i did the voiceover for Arthur ;-)
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=l3zI7pTqhkU

AirborneSFC 10-16-2013 03:51 AM

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Funniest joke in the world:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ienp4J3pW7U

leanneislearningtodrum 10-16-2013 03:53 AM

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The fish slapping dance (from tv) gets me every time.
I can't not laugh, even though I know what's coming:

http://youtu.be/xCwLirQS2-o

BacteriumFendYoke 10-16-2013 06:31 AM

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Madge.

The cat's had it.

Magenta 10-16-2013 07:19 AM

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Originally Posted by BacteriumFendYoke (Post 1189727)
Madge.

The cat's had it.

You missed a bit.

I'm slightly regretting that when I met you on Saturday, I didn't say "Excuse me not shaking hands, I've just been rubbing a bit of lard on the cat's boil."

BacteriumFendYoke 10-16-2013 07:25 AM

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Originally Posted by Magenta (Post 1189737)
You missed a bit.

I'm slightly regretting that when I met you on Saturday, I didn't say "Excuse me not shaking hands, I've just been rubbing a bit of lard on the cat's boil."

I don't care how &$*%%)^( runny it is...

Magenta 10-16-2013 09:08 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by BacteriumFendYoke (Post 1189739)
I don't care how &$*%%)^( runny it is...

I'm going to have to shoot you, but you'll understand.

BacteriumFendYoke 10-16-2013 09:13 AM

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Will you stop that bloody dancing up?!

Anon La Ply 10-20-2013 01:11 AM

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I think my favourite is the Four Yorkshiremen.

When I was young The Goons were often on the radio but I've never been able to understand what they said. Radio subtitles, anyone?

Dodeska 10-20-2013 01:30 AM

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Another Python devotee here. i have all the tv series & movies on DVD, and they get a regular airing. There were hit-and-miss at times, but more often than not they were brilliant.

I have this site in my favourites, as it has all the scripts & lots of images from pretty much everything they did.
http://www.intriguing.com/mp/

radman 10-20-2013 03:24 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by tamadrm (Post 1189168)
Just remember...never attack a man with a banana.:):)

Steve B


What if he has a pointed stick?

drum4fun27302 10-21-2013 11:37 PM

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I fart in your general direction .....

Mayo91 10-24-2013 03:25 PM

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I think Monty Python is one of those "love me or hate me" type of things. People either hate the show and find it stupid or absolutely adore it. I'm in the second group!

jgvideira 12-28-2013 08:42 AM

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Love them..............
NI!


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