And now for something completely different – It’s Monty Python

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I love Curb your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld, but when it comes to groundbreaking, super funny madness you’ve got to give it up for Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

Currently showing on Prime is a  documentary on Monty Python (Sunday nights). And if you’re a fan, it is GOLD.

So far we’ve learned about the early days of the Pythons, their comic influences, how they met at Cambridge and Oxford, and the shaping of their tv careers.

It is also cool to hear comedians like Courtney Love-ing Steve Coogan and lispy lothario Russell Brand explain the power and influence of the Python boys. In pre-VCR days Coogan honed his comic skills by re-enacting Python sketches to his mates. Indian comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar reveals that his mum didn’t get Python at all, but loved the Fish slapping dance.

We get to glimpse the creation of classics like Dead Parrot, Spanish Inquisition and the Lumberjack song.

More Python stuff

The Pythons have kept on producing good stuff since the halcyon days of the Flying Circus, including  movies The Life of Brian and Monty Python and the Holy Grail:

  • Terry Gilliam has made some fine movies, including Brazil.
  • Eric Idle wrote the musical Spamalot.
  • John Cleese did that other show called Farty Towels.
  • Michael Palin is quite the travel guru; he also wrote and directed the lovely Victorian-set movie American Friends based on his great-grandfather.
  • Terry Jones has also done some great documentaries on the Crusaders and Barbarians. One of these featured a red Speedoes moment (not to be confused with that of David Duchovny on X-Files).
  • and on a sad note, the other Python Graham Chapman died in 1989. Luckily the doco has some great Chapman clips from Parkinson and other tv appearances.

So what’s your favourite Python moment? I’ll give a tip of the hat to Drunken philosophers and Word Association Football.