Monty Python

Monty Python’s 40th Birthday

Z okazji 40 urodzin Monty Pythona kilka najciekawszych filmików:

It was 40 years ago today that the first episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus appeared on the BBC. The show ran for four seasons, cranking out 45 episodes and unleashing their zany, crazy sense of humor on the world. In addition to the “Ministry of Silly Walks”, featured in the video below, who can forget sketches like “Nudge, Nudge,” “Spam,” “The Lumberjack Song,” or “Dead Parrot“. While many people only know Monty Python for their infinitely quotable films, The Flying Circus was the springboard that launched the troupe into the public consciousness. Happy Birthday, Pythons!

Marc Lee writes in The Daily Telegraph about the origins and development of the troupe:

Four decades on, the image of John Cleese’s increasingly hysterical pet-shop customer — pacamac buttoned up, hair plastered down, vowels strangulated — remains one of the most memorable in television history. No other comedy series has seared itself into the national consciousness quite like Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

And, if the sketches were ever to be placed in order of popularity, Cleese’s confrontation with the chirpily evasive Michael Palin — the shopkeeper who simply will not admit that the inert “Norwegian blue” is dead — would undoubtedly come top. Indeed, when Channel 4 counted down the 50 greatest comedy moments, the “Dead Parrot” sketch perched at number two, just below the, frankly, far inferior “Lou and Andy at the swimming pool” sketch from Little Britain.