In this mock-documentary, John Cleese narrates a series of sketches on irritation -- types and techniques. Included are parents irritating their children, old ladies irritating movie-goers ... See full summary »
Arthur Harris is a happily married man who returns from his job to discover that his wife, Fiona, is leaving him. Devastated he gets really drunk and tries to commit suicide. After a few ... See full summary »
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A forerunner to 'Monty Python's Flying Circus', this sketch show looked at famous events in British history from a quirky perspective. Only one series was made, by the commercial channel ... See full summary »
In this mock-documentary, John Cleese narrates a series of sketches on irritation -- types and techniques. Included are parents irritating their children, old ladies irritating movie-goers in a theater, an overly subservient waiter, a car repairman denying obvious car trouble, a party guest hinting for a ride, airplane pilots playing practical jokes on their passengers, and a talk show host who doesn't stop talking. Written by
Samuel Stoddard <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Connie Booth's first acting role. She had originally just agreed to play a small part in one sketch, but took on several more roles after the actress who had originally been cast pulled out at the last minute. See more »
Hang on, there's someone going into the washroom. Wait, he's in, he's in.
Flight Attendent, Pilot #1, Pilot #2:
Five, four, three, two, one.
Please return to your seats and fasten you safety belts immediately.
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Before the Flying Circus, there was this... and I think we can all agree that John Cleese knows how to be irritating
Before the Flying Circus, before the movies, before the Python team was complete, they put together this... well, half or so of them, did, anyway. This is a series of sketches(more than one of which were later re-done on the show) all based around the concept that the title describes. Cleese has Chapman and Palin with him, and they manage to put a lot of good skits on the screen. It's not as refined and well-done as the show and the movies, but it's a good look at the Pythons roots(and what admirable roots, at that). It runs for an hour and less than ten minutes, and it does so quite smoothly. The jokes are never far away, and some of them are utterly hilarious. The pacing is pretty much spot-on, if some skits perhaps go on for longer than they ought to. The material never feels tired or bland(if some of it is overused). The performances are energetic, enthusiastic and just plain *work*. It's not as far-out and bizarre as the show and the movies are, but it's still satisfying and entertaining. The bits are all different, and this has the first appearance by(and the spoken definition of, coining that as their name) "pepperpots", who would be seen countless times on the Circus. The whole production is presented as a documentary with Cleese as the host, introducing each segment and occasionally making jokes in-between them. For any fan of the team, I would say that this is worth the hour. I recommend this to any fan of the Pythons, Cleese and British comedy in general. 7/10
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