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Monty Python's Flying Circus

Today's youth have been deprived of this.

by Anonymousreply 8104/12/2013

There have been many references to it lately... most notably in the form of the entire opening sequence of "Family Guy" a couple of weeks ago.

by Anonymousreply 101/15/2013

Monty Python & the Holy Grail is popular with geeks and nerds.

by Anonymousreply 201/15/2013

And this is a disadvantage in what way?? Is it sort of like being deprived of Timothy Leary?

by Anonymousreply 301/15/2013

And what will you do, R3, when you want to buy a license for your pet fish named Eric?

by Anonymousreply 401/15/2013

Eric gets fried in a nice butter sauce.....taste?

by Anonymousreply 501/15/2013

"The Larch."

by Anonymousreply 601/15/2013

Montys comedy has been sliced and diced into so much of the comedy today, people still see it without being aware of its source.

by Anonymousreply 701/15/2013

[post by racist shit-stain # 2 removed.]

by Anonymousreply 801/15/2013

If not the balls, would some othe body part do?

by Anonymousreply 901/15/2013

Still classic, after all these years.

by Anonymousreply 1001/22/2013

Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life, Holy Grail. All brilliant movies.

And just clips - Every Sperm is Sacred, the Universe Song, those kind of stick in your head.

by Anonymousreply 1101/22/2013

Stoned or sober, the best skit ever in the world today:

by Anonymousreply 1201/22/2013

LOVED Python.

Great memories in the mid-70's of watching (Sunday nights) a half hour of Python, followed by the Dave Allen show, then Dr. Who (Tom Baker).

Thanks, PBS

by Anonymousreply 1301/22/2013

I think Dave Allen was on either WPIX or WOR.

We had tons of British tv series in the NY area on independent stations PIX and WOR as wellas PBS in the 1970s. After shows ran on PBS, many were repeated (Upstairs Downstairs, notably) in indie stations.

Some other shows:

The Two Ronnies

Open All Hours

Kelly Monteith

Two's Company (starring DL fave Elaine Stritch)


The Good Neighbors (called the Good Life in the UK)

Solo (with Felicity Kendal from the Good Life as a woman who is 30 years old and -- gasp -- still single!)

All Creatures Great and Small

Fawlty Towers

Ripping Yarns

A Family at War

The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin

Doctor in the House

Dr Who


Man About the House

The New Avengers

Return of the Saint

To the Manor Born

That doesn't include the shows that were broadcast under the Masterpiece Theater Umbrella.

by Anonymousreply 1401/22/2013

70s Masterpiece Theater

Forsyte Saga


Dutchess of Duke Street

Upstairs Downstairs

Danger UXB

Dickens of London

Edward and Mrs Simpson

The Glittering Prizes

Hard Times

I, Claudius

The Pallisers

Anna Karenina

Rumpole of the Bailey

by Anonymousreply 1501/22/2013

Run away! Run away!

by Anonymousreply 1601/24/2013

The Upper Class Twit of the Year

by Anonymousreply 1701/24/2013

And now, for something completely different...

by Anonymousreply 1804/02/2013

He's not dead, he's pining for the fjords.

by Anonymousreply 1904/02/2013

Shut your gob, you tit!

by Anonymousreply 2004/02/2013

Meh. I liked Kids in the Hall better.

by Anonymousreply 2104/02/2013

You toffee-nosed, malodorous pervert!

by Anonymousreply 2204/02/2013

Clever? Yes. Funny? No. Tried to watch "Meaning of Life" with the boyfriend last weekend. We'd had enough about half way in. You can see where it influenced things like "Family Guy", but I've never found it funny.

by Anonymousreply 2304/02/2013

Face the Press

by Anonymousreply 2404/02/2013

R23, that movie is pretty funny. You might want to check your sense of humor to see if it's functioning.

But really, you need to start with the hilarious and amazing "Holy Grail" movie.

And follow up with the insightfully hilarious "Life of Brian" movie.

by Anonymousreply 2504/02/2013

Say no more! Nudge Nudge!

(my favorite...say no more!)

by Anonymousreply 2604/02/2013

Never Be Rude To An Arab

by Anonymousreply 2704/02/2013

Meaning of Life was a disappointment. There best was their original series. Ministry of Silly Walks, Dead Parrot, Argument Bureau, Twits..

by Anonymousreply 2804/02/2013


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by Anonymousreply 3004/02/2013

It was rare that any of them would react to one of the other ones when doing a bit. John Cleese has a hard time keeping it together in this skit

One of favorites.

by Anonymousreply 3104/02/2013

Didn't know who Monty Python was or what The Holy Grail was about, was told it was the funniest movie someone's brother had ever seen.

Decided to see it in the world's smallest shoebox multiplex 70's theater. No idea what to expect.

I was rolling in the theater aisle before the opening credits had ended.

Never laughed so hard in my life.

by Anonymousreply 3204/02/2013

Can you guys believe that Daniel Tosh said Monty Python was never funny recently?

Tosh said that sketch comedy is never funny, Saturday Night Live was never funny and neither was Ellen Degeneres.

I've really come to hate that little reptile. How can someone as funny as Tosh still be completely unlikeable?

I've decided that he isn't a truth-teller, he's just a hater.

by Anonymousreply 3304/02/2013

The Pythons have recently reunited for two movies that every fan should see:




Chapman was gay and LIAR'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY is very gay, so Dataloungers will appreciate.

by Anonymousreply 3404/02/2013

Anyone who doesn't laugh at Monty Python's "The Quest for the Holy Grail" is obviously dead.

Like the parrot.

by Anonymousreply 3504/03/2013

I remember them appearing on the Tonight Show years ago, before their show aired on PBS in the US. I remember them dressed as old women. One says to the other, " I had to bury the cat yesterday." Really?" asked the other. "Yes," said the first. "it put up a terrible fight."


The audience did not get them at all.

by Anonymousreply 3604/03/2013

Dayum, I'm laughing out loud here in my cubicle at all the memories this thread has brought up (and now everyone's looking suspiciously in my direction).

I love, love, LOVE Monty Python. I recently showed my kids their "How Not To Be Seen" segment, and they loved it too. The kids have a bit of a problem with some of the more extreme British accents the troupe adopts, so not all the skits work for them yet -- no Spanish Inquisition, either, until they know a little history.

But I do agree that The Meaning of Life is the weakest, most bloated thing they ever did. Seven minutes of laughter in a two-hour movie...too bad they didn't go out on a higher note.

As an aside, do any of the fans here have inside info on why Eric Idle appears to have been so unpopular with the other Pythons?

by Anonymousreply 3704/03/2013

He was always the odd man out. Palin and Jones wrote together, Chapman and Cleese wrote together, and Idle wrote on his own and wrote most if not all the songs on the show and in the movies. (Speaking of Oscar snubs in 1979, "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" should have been nominated.) Idle also seems to be the one who wants to milk every bit of cash out of the Python works. And he has the nicest hair.

by Anonymousreply 3804/03/2013

I don't find it funny. I don't like British comedy. Never have.

by Anonymousreply 3904/03/2013

R38, Eric wrote the musical based on the Holy Grail, didn't he? And then, R34, he refused to appear in a Liar's Autobiography - because he wanted a producer credit.

by Anonymousreply 4004/03/2013

We're sorry for you, dear r39.

But don't despair; QVC provides a lot of humor too, in its own fashion.

by Anonymousreply 4104/03/2013

In other good news for R39, "How I Met Your Mother," "Three and a Half Men" and "2 Broke Girls" have been renewed for another season!

by Anonymousreply 4204/04/2013

Look, it's people like you what cause unrest!

by Anonymousreply 4304/04/2013

Idle's very Hollywood. He was always totally into money, though. He hung out with rock stars in the 60s, 70s and 80s and wanted some mega cash like they had. He was friends with Bonzo Dog Band, George Harrison, Keith Moon, the Stones, Bowie. Of course he wanted big bucks. Now he lives in LA and needs to pay the mansion bills.

John Cleese squandered his money on younger wives. Having learned nothing, he now dates a woman 30 years younger than he is. Terry Jones left his family for an undergrad. Michael Palin is basically a satisfied man who doesn't fit the usual stereotype of comic actors.

by Anonymousreply 4404/04/2013

And Terry Gilliam R44?

by Anonymousreply 4504/04/2013

The Ministry of Funny Walks was the ONLY funny thing they ever did. They were awful-- it was frat boy humor that ended in explosions or beatings but we were supposed to think highly of it because they were British.

The reality is that they were as stupid and low brow as many American comics.

And no one like sot admit that their films are boring as hell. I guess that's another taboo.

Monty Python is similar to the Godfather films in that no one likes to publicly admit to how overrated and lousy they are.

Well, boys, the Emperer has no clothes.

by Anonymousreply 4604/04/2013

R46 is just totally wrong about everything.

by Anonymousreply 4704/04/2013

"Meaning of Life" was uneven, but for the most part it was hilarious.

And yes, R46 is a total fucking idiot.

by Anonymousreply 4804/04/2013

My neeples explode with delight.

by Anonymousreply 4904/04/2013

There were so many little skits which were just so bizarre that they were funny, as in WTF? Does anyone remember the Fish Slapping Dance?

by Anonymousreply 5004/04/2013

I love the fish slapping dance, R50!

My favourite character is Raymond Luxury-Yacht.

by Anonymousreply 5104/04/2013

Did Monty Python segments show up on the Midnight Special? I can remember seeing some of the animated stuff before I ever saw the sketch comedy, but it was so long ago, I'm not certain which show it was on.

by Anonymousreply 5204/04/2013

It's SPELLED "Luxury Yacht", but it's PRONOUNCED "Throat-Warbler Mangrove"!

by Anonymousreply 5304/05/2013

More Raymond Luxury Yacht, with a romantic ending!

by Anonymousreply 5404/05/2013

"Buying a mattress" isn't one of their more famous bits, but so damn funny.

by Anonymousreply 5504/05/2013

Damn it, R55!

by Anonymousreply 5604/05/2013

Lovely version, R56. Bag's off my head now!

by Anonymousreply 5704/05/2013

In his autobiography Graham Chapman asserted that the group only came together because Cleese had a mad man crush on Palin.

The Pythons constantly fall out then back in with each other. The only one they all always like is Michael.

by Anonymousreply 5804/05/2013

As I recall Idle devised the Holy Grail musical 'Spamalot!', to which Mike Nichols added his midas touch.

The resulting riches thus went mainly to Idle rather than his fellow Python originators, which doubtless caused further tensions.

by Anonymousreply 5904/06/2013

It was bizarre - but in a good way - to see Eric Idle performing "Bright Side of Life" at the closing ceremonies of the London Olympics. It's remarkable that the crowd knew it from the opening notes (well, what would Idle be singing anyway?) as well as all of the lyrics.

by Anonymousreply 6004/06/2013

I like the movies but I've never understood what's supposed to be side-splittingly funny about the TV show. And I went to Cambridge and am British.

by Anonymousreply 6104/06/2013

I'd like to answer this question, if I may, in two ways. Firstly in my normal voice and then in a kind of silly high-pitched whine ...

by Anonymousreply 6204/06/2013

I remember Graham Chapman doing that bit on The Today Show sometime in the 70s. I think Jane Pauley was interviewing him.

by Anonymousreply 6304/06/2013

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

by Anonymousreply 6404/07/2013

don't ask don't tell, ala Monty Python.

with the exception of Idle, they all looked sexy back in the day

by Anonymousreply 6504/07/2013

and of course, The Mouse Problem

by Anonymousreply 6604/07/2013

Grew up on Python and loved it. Light years ahead of everything else on the box, most of which they took the piss out of. Another huge plus. (My dad didn't get it.) Hilarious exciting and innovative, they ruled playground chat after every show.

Loved the books and records too. The books were edgy and brilliantly produced. One record had a third side, dependant on which groove the stylus hit (hiss). Good times.

by Anonymousreply 6704/07/2013

I had all those records too, R67... and I loved the 'third side' one. Was that the "Monty Python's Instant Record Collection", with the jacket that folded out into a cube to look like a HUGE stack of records? (I spent hours reading the spines of all the records in the stack... they were hilarious too)

by Anonymousreply 6804/07/2013

To go with R65, Cleese & Palin in the "Missing Wallet."

by Anonymousreply 6904/07/2013

Farming Club presents The Life of Tchaikovsky (Michael Palin speaks in Polari at about 2:00 and then again at 3:25).

by Anonymousreply 7004/07/2013

I don't like the sound of these here "boncentration bamps."

by Anonymousreply 7104/07/2013

Well, speaking as the conservative candidate, I just drone on and on and on, never letting anyone else get a word in edgewise until I start foaming at the mouth and fall over backwards.

by Anonymousreply 7204/07/2013

I object to all this sex on the television. I mean, I keep falling off!

by Anonymousreply 7304/07/2013

r69 thank you! I'd never seen that!

sexy lads, I hope they 'researched' for the roles

by Anonymousreply 7404/07/2013


by Anonymousreply 7504/07/2013

Mrs Scum, you have won your prize, do you still want the blow on the head?

by Anonymousreply 7604/08/2013

... What's that penguin doing on the television set?

by Anonymousreply 7704/08/2013

No one expects the Spanish Inquisition!

by Anonymousreply 7804/08/2013

Michael Palin always did the best pooves:

by Anonymousreply 7904/11/2013

^ 'Bent as a safety pin' LOL!

by Anonymousreply 8004/11/2013

Not liking Monty Pything is an unforgivable offense, and an absolute deal-breaker when it comes to dating & relationships, imho.

by Anonymousreply 8104/12/2013
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