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How to Irritate People (1969)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy  -  21 January 1969 (USA)
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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 »

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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 <ss1@christa.unh.edu>

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In this special, John Cleese coins the term "Pepperpot" which means "a certain type of middle-aged woman who uses irritation as a way of life; it's the only thing she's really good at." This is the word for the little old ladies portrayed by Cleese and his colleagues on Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969) See more »

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Old Women: Ooh! Well I never!
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Even for Python films, this isn't necessary viewing
19 December 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a harmless mock documentary made just before the TV series "Monty Python's Flying Circus" debuted. It stars John Cleese, but Michael Palin and Graham Chapman are on hand as well as a few others. But, most importantly, this is not a Python production and the chemistry of the later television show is not evident here since it lacks many key actors/writers. Most will find the show mildly interesting at best or even a tad dull because it lacks the crazy humor and polish of later productions.

Die-hard Python fans will fall into one of two camps--those who love the show but are reasonable people who can admit this is far from great and those who see EVERY production any Python member participates as pure gold (these are known as "the Kool-Aid Drinkers"). I love the Monty Python series having seen it innumerable times, but I just can't recommend this show unless you are really curious or really bored.


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