Monty Python's Flying Circus - Classic or Dud?

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no, it has to be new money he earned that year in hollywood i think.

Brewer's Bitch (darraghmac), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 13:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

That does seem to be his side of the story.

tie me up, dress in drag, and read to me from the bible (kenan), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 13:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

anyway, if the judgement enraged him with its unfairness then hurrah cos that's when he's at his best. we should break all his windows and put a potato in his exhaust pipe imo.

Brewer's Bitch (darraghmac), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 13:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

eagerly awaiting the divorce-induced Zach Braff remake of Fawlty Towers

Your Favorite Saturday Night Thing (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 16:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

(Although it seems the a youtube search for "John Cleese cheese" only turns up the obvious)

heh heh...what, the "cheese shop" sketch or the fact that his grandfather's surname was originally "Cheese"?

(Oh wait, YOUTUBE search not google...never mind.)

Race Against Rockism (Myonga Vön Bontee), Wednesday, 14 October 2009 03:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

Responding to a question about how to tell which Pythons wrote which sketches, Mr. Cleese said that his work with Mr. Chapman was fairly clean and “finished short,” while Mr. Palin and Mr. Jones’s skits were “prolonged,” and Mr. Idle’s were “highly verbal” and “disappeared up their own funnel.” (Mr. Palin said his material could be recognized because it produced laughter.)

Other exchanges were downright bizarre, even by Python standards. Mr. Cleese read a card that asked, “What about that very funny thing that happened at Auschwitz?” This yielded an anecdote about the troupe’s visit to Germany when they traveled a concentration camp — recollections differed as to which one — only to discover that it was closed to visitors. Mr. Chapman suggested they say that they were Jewish, but the group was still denied entry.

The format also yielded a couple of authentically touching moments. Mr. Gilliam read a question submitted by 10-year-old Talia Lindner, asking if she could perform her version of the Spanish Inquisition skit for the Pythons. Mr. Gilliam accepted, and up to the front of the theater strode little Talia, in glasses and blue jeans. After a deep breath or five, she rapidly performed all the characters in the scene in just under a minute (“I didn’t expect a kind of Spanish Inquisition”; “Hold on, I’ll come in again”), drawing roars of laughter from the troupe followed by enthusiastic handshakes.

Your Favorite Saturday Night Thing (Dr Morbius), Friday, 16 October 2009 12:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

I'd heard that Auschwitz story before, forget where...

Ned Raggett, Friday, 16 October 2009 12:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

Haha visualizing that ten year old girl has me chuckling out loud

a╓by's (╓abies), Friday, 16 October 2009 13:15 (eight years ago) Permalink


Chapman suggested they say that they were Jewish, but the group was still denied entry.


"Graham (Chapman) said, 'Tell them we’re Jewish,' he recalled, to a now completely inconsolable audience. 'They let us in.'"

surfing on hokusine waves (ledge), Friday, 16 October 2009 13:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

I remember being thirteen or so and seeing that on PBS...I had no idea wtf was happening. "When will they start speaking English?"

Stop Non-Erotic Cabaret (Abbbottt), Sunday, 16 January 2011 23:06 (six years ago) Permalink

i only recently found out about German Python. Palin's and Cleese's German are actually quite good as far as i can tell.

Yutte Hermsgervørdenbrøtbørda (Eisbaer), Sunday, 16 January 2011 23:08 (six years ago) Permalink

This has been out on DVD for ages here. First ep is all German, second is all English. Fascinating stuff.

goldenarsehat.jpg (Schlafsack), Sunday, 16 January 2011 23:10 (six years ago) Permalink

Oh god, a guy I was dating broght over the german python dvd once, back in 2002. I got rabidly drunk while watching it and so dont recall most of it.

Stargazey Pi (Trayce), Sunday, 16 January 2011 23:41 (six years ago) Permalink

Chapman would have approved

zappi, Sunday, 16 January 2011 23:47 (six years ago) Permalink

Heh :D

Stargazey Pi (Trayce), Sunday, 16 January 2011 23:48 (six years ago) Permalink

This has been out on DVD for ages here

it's been out on VHS here for longer

basically just a 2/47 freak out (sic), Monday, 17 January 2011 00:24 (six years ago) Permalink

five months pass...


Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 21 June 2011 17:03 (six years ago) Permalink

But on another note.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 27 June 2011 17:20 (six years ago) Permalink

Eric Idle is basically like "can my part in this be me singing while fucking a large pile of money? no? then piss off"

chupacabra - a delicious burrito (DJP), Monday, 27 June 2011 17:27 (six years ago) Permalink

When did Gilliam turn into Orson Welles?!

Whitey G. Bulgergarten (Phil D.), Monday, 27 June 2011 17:31 (six years ago) Permalink

No, no, no. He is clearly Sigmund Freud.

Aimless, Monday, 27 June 2011 17:33 (six years ago) Permalink

Excellent! I like the story about how he recorded this in one night at Nilsson's place. The usual schtick about that group of party fiends (Lennon, Moon, Nilsson, Ringo, Chapman etc) being on a years-long career-killing bender often overlooks some pretty creative stuff.

everything, Monday, 27 June 2011 17:34 (six years ago) Permalink

I would rather see a docfilm about the LoBrian contretemps.

joyless shithead (Dr Morbius), Monday, 27 June 2011 18:47 (six years ago) Permalink

Comedian Steve Punt will star as Eric Idle

This is the most suitable casting I have ever seen.

Gary Barlow syndrome (Autumn Almanac), Monday, 27 June 2011 21:02 (six years ago) Permalink

especially for rhyming verses

Chunks on strippers is the game of my frog (darraghmac), Monday, 27 June 2011 21:21 (six years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Steve Punt has always reminded me a bit of Eric Idle.

Inevitable stupid samba mix (chap), Saturday, 13 August 2011 22:29 (six years ago) Permalink


Autumn Almanac, Saturday, 13 August 2011 22:41 (six years ago) Permalink

would love to see the full-length version of cleese and palin's face-off with muggeridge one day. have only seen clips in docs, and it seems a corker.

sbgorf (stevie), Sunday, 14 August 2011 10:22 (six years ago) Permalink

getting repeated next month iirc? spods have compiled 45 minutes of it from all the excerpts in various docos over the years but this may be its first ever actual full rebroadcast

generous loller at dollies (sic), Sunday, 14 August 2011 15:17 (six years ago) Permalink

there's no "face-off" to speak of tho. muggeridge is an utter tool and the increasingly hurt and pissed-off cleese and palin just zing the senile old twat into oblivion.

Looking for Mrs Nutbar (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 14 August 2011 15:36 (six years ago) Permalink

awesome news. that's kind of what i'm after tbh nv.

sbgorf (stevie), Sunday, 14 August 2011 16:10 (six years ago) Permalink

"...We thought about doing jokes about Jesus. Trying to book a table for 12 for the last supper. 'I can do you three 4s. Or you can come in tomorrow night?' 'No, it's got to be tonight'..."

Ned Trifle X, Sunday, 14 August 2011 16:22 (six years ago) Permalink

"jesus h christ: lust for glory"

10/11 of a dead jesus (darraghmac), Sunday, 14 August 2011 16:24 (six years ago) Permalink

"not a funny building" tbh

Looking for Mrs Nutbar (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 14 August 2011 16:31 (six years ago) Permalink

Palin in partic claims to have been completely surprised by the vitriol directed at the movie. And tho I think they were being a little disingenuous when they said that they weren't laughing at Christianity, it should be pretty obvious to the feeblest feeb that the man-made fuckery of religious bureaucracy is the real target. Muggeridge, like a lot of late-convert Catholics, doesn't realise something that the church had sussed many years earlier: the best way to deflect satire is to pretend that the work is deeply religious at heart. (Obv it ain't)

Looking for Mrs Nutbar (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 14 August 2011 16:35 (six years ago) Permalink

Jones said at the end of the one of those clip show thingys - "It was't blasphemous, it was heretical..."

Ned Trifle X, Sunday, 14 August 2011 16:41 (six years ago) Permalink

Rather more than a clip show thingy actually. This was on the Beeb a couple of years ago.

Ned Trifle X, Sunday, 14 August 2011 16:46 (six years ago) Permalink

Great clip.

Inevitable stupid samba mix (chap), Sunday, 14 August 2011 18:25 (six years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

The new movie then:

Terry Gilliam cast doubt on whether a reunion would ever be successfully achieved. "We all have our own careers now … the BBC put us on 10 years ago, and it was an hour of mediocrity … the work wasn't what it should be."

He means that Monty Python Night thing hosted by Eddie Izzard, I presume. He's right, the new sketches in that were pretty mediocre.

DavidM, Friday, 27 January 2012 14:21 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

watching series four atm, move towards making each installment a more complete episode with a theme or two running through it works very well i think

less of the same (darraghmac), Saturday, 24 March 2012 13:52 (five years ago) Permalink

mm, where do you stand on 'The Cycling Tour' from Series 3? it's years since i saw it but i thought it worked pretty great; one long 30 minute sketch as it were. i think they put it into the 'failed experiment' box, or some of them did anyway as they never did that again.

piscesx, Saturday, 24 March 2012 14:06 (five years ago) Permalink

i think that was the first departure in that direction, yeah (tho 'ethel the frog' with spiny norman and the krays substitutes was probably close to it too). i didn't like that one iirc but i could revisit.

i think it maybe turned out a lot like one of palin's whatchoocallem tales?

less of the same (darraghmac), Saturday, 24 March 2012 14:09 (five years ago) Permalink

rippin yarns, that's the one

less of the same (darraghmac), Saturday, 24 March 2012 14:09 (five years ago) Permalink

Palin & Jones wrote Cycling Tour, also wrote Ripping Yarns

┗|∵|┓ (sic), Saturday, 24 March 2012 23:57 (five years ago) Permalink

only caught the ripping yarns last year, varying quality but not bad at all

less of the same (darraghmac), Sunday, 25 March 2012 00:10 (five years ago) Permalink

Cycling Tour is one of my favorite episodes.

Marilyn Hagerty: the terroir of tiny town (Abbbottt), Sunday, 25 March 2012 16:28 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

"¿Su mujer se enrolla? ¡Seguro que sí, seguro que sí!"

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 19 October 2013 21:17 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Ok so

piscesx, Tuesday, 19 November 2013 14:00 (four years ago) Permalink

"Idle went on to create spoof Beatles band The Rutles and wrote the hit Spamalot musical."

Neil Innes could not be reached for comment.

Ian from Etobicoke (Phil D.), Tuesday, 19 November 2013 14:06 (four years ago) Permalink

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