Monty Python's Flying Circus - Classic or Dud?

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Graham Chapman may have been an alcoholic layabout, but he was an extremely funny one. So there.

tie me up, dress in drag, and read to me from the bible (kenan), Monday, 12 October 2009 17:05 (5 years ago) Permalink

Anything but mindless good taste for him.

tie me up, dress in drag, and read to me from the bible (kenan), Monday, 12 October 2009 17:06 (5 years ago) Permalink

I would love to read a book about Graham Chapman. He was a wild guy!

existential eggs (Abbott), Monday, 12 October 2009 17:26 (5 years ago) Permalink

He wrote A Liar's Autobiography. Great title.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 12 October 2009 17:26 (5 years ago) Permalink

Cleese: the Ingmar Bergman of the Pythons

boring movies are the most boring (Eric H.), Monday, 12 October 2009 17:28 (5 years ago) Permalink

He's funny, too.

tie me up, dress in drag, and read to me from the bible (kenan), Monday, 12 October 2009 17:29 (5 years ago) Permalink

Great commercials, all of them. The Mac vs. PC ads of their day.

tie me up, dress in drag, and read to me from the bible (kenan), Monday, 12 October 2009 17:37 (5 years ago) Permalink

He wrote A Liar's Autobiography. Great title.

Well, "wrote" is a bit of a stretch, it ended up being a collaboration with four other writers(including Douglas Adams).

Yeah, Python always had a live audience. In fact rewatching the first episode is fascinating in this regard, as you can practically hear the unease in the studio as if they aren't quite whether they should be laughing at this.

Oh, while we're here, is everyone aware of Eric Idle's latest Python-milking atrocity?

He is absolutely determined to squeeze every drop of life out of those withered teats, isn't he?

Pheeel, Monday, 12 October 2009 20:54 (5 years ago) Permalink

Cleese: the Ingmar Bergman of the Pythons

so you wd say, Smiles of a Summer Night hata

Your Favorite Saturday Night Thing (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 01:21 (5 years ago) Permalink

xpost dunno, is that not "what it says on the tin"?

(didn't watch clip tbf)

Mark G, Tuesday, 13 October 2009 07:11 (5 years ago) Permalink

yes, but there was previously Spamalot, and that seemed a bit on the "get your own career" side already.

tie me up, dress in drag, and read to me from the bible (kenan), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 07:46 (5 years ago) Permalink

Not that it was bad or anything. I didn't see it, but 14 Tony noms isn't too shabby. Idle has a way with a tune, hafta admit. Even so. Enough, already.

tie me up, dress in drag, and read to me from the bible (kenan), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 07:48 (5 years ago) Permalink

S'funny, cause about 10 years ago when Idle appeared on the Craig Kilborn show, Kilborn announced forthright that Idle refused outright to talk about MP - a kinda unprecedented occurrance, especially for a particularly irreverent talk show host. (In the end, Idle brought his acoustic guitar and sang an amusing little song called "I'm Waiting For the Film".)

Race Against Rockism (Myonga Vön Bontee), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 08:18 (5 years ago) Permalink

I did.

Well, if anyone's going to, and people want to see it, hey...

The above bit reminded me of some TV appearance where he had it stated "No monty python" whic was like taking the elephant out of the room, and did new/different things, and by all accounts was great.

XPOST!

Mark G, Tuesday, 13 October 2009 08:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

I just got this like six disc doc about MP has anybody seen it??

banned, on the run (s1ocki), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 08:38 (5 years ago) Permalink

DavidM, Tuesday, 13 October 2009 08:50 (5 years ago) Permalink

"And Gilliam, being American, went to no known school whatsoever." Heh.

tie me up, dress in drag, and read to me from the bible (kenan), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 10:23 (5 years ago) Permalink

Very nicely done, sir. :)

tie me up, dress in drag, and read to me from the bible (kenan), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 10:26 (5 years ago) Permalink

(One quibble -- his answer about Life of Brian is disingenuous. It hardly matters that Jesus also appears in the film. The film mercilessly makes fun of the New Testament in many places -- its inscrutable language, its impossible instructions -- and worse yet, it points out the solid fact, as its premise even, that Jesus was one of many prophets who were hanging 'round at the time, and perhaps suggests that Jesus' choice as the one messiah was more or less arbitrary. idle knows all this. But I suppose to really answer the question would be to start a theology debate, which he likely is not interested in doing. So why address that question at all?)

tie me up, dress in drag, and read to me from the bible (kenan), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 11:01 (5 years ago) Permalink

That Palin + Cleese vs. Muggeridge + Bishop of Southwark confrontation is classic though, not that Palin contributes much

The Prince's choice: making a brush. (Tom D.), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 11:04 (5 years ago) Permalink

palin very nervous, as opposed to cleese seeming like he's been looking forward to it his whole life.

Brewer's Bitch (darraghmac), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 11:08 (5 years ago) Permalink

He comes across as a guy you wouldn't want to fall out with

The Prince's choice: making a brush. (Tom D.), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 11:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

Cleese? or Idle?

Mark G, Tuesday, 13 October 2009 11:11 (5 years ago) Permalink

Cleese/Fawlty

The Prince's choice: making a brush. (Tom D.), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 11:12 (5 years ago) Permalink

I think I saw Palin say that he was very angry about it all and had a selection of excellent debate points prepared, but then Cleese started with the jokes and he didn't know what to do with his serious arguments.

FC Tom Tomsk Club (Merdeyeux), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 11:12 (5 years ago) Permalink

Hard not to resort to humour when confronted with Mervyn Stockwood, the gayest Bishop in Christendom

The Prince's choice: making a brush. (Tom D.), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 11:14 (5 years ago) Permalink

He comes across as a guy you wouldn't want to fall out with

Apparently not even being Cleese's friend from college age, and his longtime professional partner, and then dying suddenly and very sadly, will save you from his scorn.

tie me up, dress in drag, and read to me from the bible (kenan), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 11:18 (5 years ago) Permalink

I don't know if that makes him a bastard cocksucker or not, though. It probably is, in fact, quite difficult to work with someone who, though brilliant, has no work ethic at all and actually has the shakes if made to work for long hours.

tie me up, dress in drag, and read to me from the bible (kenan), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 11:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

No, can't be too critical of someone who has to work with an alcoholic

The Prince's choice: making a brush. (Tom D.), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 11:20 (5 years ago) Permalink

He comes across as a guy you wouldn't want to fall out with

― The Prince's choice: making a brush. (Tom D.), 13 October 2009 11:09 (16 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink
Cleese? or Idle?

― Mark G, 13 October 2009 11:11 (15 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

God

Brewer's Bitch (darraghmac), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 11:27 (5 years ago) Permalink

xp It does seem rude of him, though. Why say those things? Why bother at this point?

tie me up, dress in drag, and read to me from the bible (kenan), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 11:27 (5 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, look what he did to poor old Graham Chapman :( (xp)

The Prince's choice: making a brush. (Tom D.), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 11:28 (5 years ago) Permalink

^ God, that is, not Cleese... or Idle

The Prince's choice: making a brush. (Tom D.), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 11:28 (5 years ago) Permalink

Apparently not even being Cleese's friend from college age, and his longtime professional partner, and then dying suddenly and very sadly, will save you from his scorn.

hard for cleese to come across as any other way, but if you think that being honest about graham chapman being difficult to work worth, or cleese's frustration manifesting itself as irreverence towards alcoholism or chapman's behaviour isn't understandable then........

Brewer's Bitch (darraghmac), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 11:28 (5 years ago) Permalink

No I get that. But see my earlier post. What is it that he's actually trying to vent? Frustration at not being properly recognized, is how it reads to me. And it's plenty petty.

tie me up, dress in drag, and read to me from the bible (kenan), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 11:31 (5 years ago) Permalink

but cleese being frustrated and bitter is a running joke at this stage, and i honestly think he plays to it when discussing python, particularly when referring to jones or being left to work with python.

Brewer's Bitch (darraghmac), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 11:32 (5 years ago) Permalink

Could be, but I hope when and if I'm his age I don't drag my dear old dead friends into it anymore.

tie me up, dress in drag, and read to me from the bible (kenan), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 11:34 (5 years ago) Permalink

i think they assume that

a) he wouldn't mind, would probably approve in fact

b) it's up to them how they refer to someone they worked with and knew closely for 20 years or so before he died.

Brewer's Bitch (darraghmac), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 11:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

Cleese: the Ingmar Bergman of the Pythons

so you wd say, Smiles of a Summer Night hata

I was more referring to his propensity for giving crusty, bitter interviews.

boring movies are the most boring (Eric H.), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 11:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

I preferred his earlier, funnier interviews

The Prince's choice: making a brush. (Tom D.), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 11:39 (5 years ago) Permalink

^ we've come full circle

tie me up, dress in drag, and read to me from the bible (kenan), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 11:40 (5 years ago) Permalink

he repeated himself after interviews 1 & 2 imo

Brewer's Bitch (darraghmac), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 11:42 (5 years ago) Permalink

That Palin + Cleese vs. Muggeridge + Bishop of Southwark confrontation is classic though, not that Palin contributes much


would love to see the full clip

no bubo, no credibility (stevie), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 11:58 (5 years ago) Permalink

I'm a fan of crusty + bitter in comedians/people, don't all faint.

Why say those things? Why bother at this point?

cuz fanboys are still "blaming" him for leaving the show? I don't see his remarks as scornful. Don't hold your breath for the day Aykroyd says the same about Belushi.

Your Favorite Saturday Night Thing (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 12:54 (5 years ago) Permalink

I don't think anyone "blames" Cleese for leaving the show, I know Python fans are saddoes, but not that sad. I think he could be crusty and bitter because nobody finds him funny anymore, least of all himself.

The Prince's choice: making a brush. (Tom D.), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 12:59 (5 years ago) Permalink

Aykroyd always wanted to leave the coke fiesta at 4.30am and bang some party girl before passing out and getting up 12 hours later to write five lines of banter, while Belushi always insisted on staying til 5 o'clock

RAPTOBER (sic), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 13:00 (5 years ago) Permalink

... also because, the others, in different ways, all seem happier and more successful than him? (xp)

The Prince's choice: making a brush. (Tom D.), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 13:00 (5 years ago) Permalink

different in the way of not making fawlty towers?

Brewer's Bitch (darraghmac), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 13:02 (5 years ago) Permalink

judging ppl's happiness by media/interviews = hilarious. Sample, 1993: "Oh, that River Phoenix and his healthy vegan lifestyle."

yeah, Eric Idle's current "success" largely built on the dumbed-down recycling that is Spamalot.

Your Favorite Saturday Night Thing (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 13:03 (5 years ago) Permalink

It's making him rich(er), that's success of a kind

The Prince's choice: making a brush. (Tom D.), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 13:05 (5 years ago) Permalink


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