Monday, October 5, 2009

Happy 40th 'Monty Python's Flying Circus'

Today is the 40th birthday of 'Monty Python's Flying Circus'. Ever since then comedy has never been the same. Monty Python showed me that it's okay to want to be lumberjack, to have a silly walk, to not like SPAM and to never expect the Spanish Inquisition. They have inspired literally hundreds of people. It gave something cool for high school drama geeks to watch and talk about, then totally kill it by doing bad impersonations while quoting an entire movie. Without Monty Python we never would have found out that a 5 ounce bird could not carry a 1 pound coconut; and we never would have gotten SNL, Kids in the Hall or Eddie Izzard. They gave bonding moments of watching the Flying Circus with your friends and laughing until you were in tears and in pain. Most of all, they gave you something to watch on a UHF station that wasn't about painting or cheese before your town got cable. Yet, there are probably some treasures you haven't seen yet. I highly suggest watching 'Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl', and their tribute at the Aspen Comedy Festival.
Here now are just a couple of my favorite moments:

Bringing out yer' dead - Jungle Jesse

1 comment:

  1. I just saw "An Evening Without Monty Python" at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre. It goes to show (like Shakespeare) that if you have talented actors, the material still holds up. My new favorite sketch is the Travel Agent – basically a continuous 5 minute monologue delivered by Rick Holmes while being chased around the theatre by Jane Leeves.