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How to Irritate People (1969)

TV Movie  |  TV-PG  |   |  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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Himself / Dad / Pepperpot / Boyfriend / Teddy / Man at Party / Son / Bored Pilot / Silly Job Interviewer / Presenter / Julian Trevelyan
Tim Brooke-Taylor ...
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Pepperpot / Restaurant Customer / Mr.Harris / Poofy Actor / Man in need of a lift / Mr.Bevis / Bored Pilot / Man with score card / Mr.Raymond / Gig Sanders / Dr.Rhomboid Good-Cabin
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Malcolm / Bona Fide Movie-Goer / Head Waiter / Mr.Gibson / Poofy Actor / Tom / Flight Attendant / Man with score card / Mr.Shande / Topic Announcer
Gillian Lind ...
Mum / Mother / Mrs.Raymond
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Pamela / Girlfriend / Restaurant Customer / Beryl
Dick Vosburgh ...
Waiter / Man with gun / Man with score card
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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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The "Car Salesman" sketch was written by Graham Chapman and inspired by a real encounter he'd had with a dealer who flatly refused to admit that the car was broken. John thought that there was something funnier to it and, when the time came for "Monty Python's Flying Circus" the basic framework of the sketch was adapted for the now infamous "Parrot Sketch". See more »

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Bored Pilot: Please find the emergency spill in the washroom at the back and release it!
Bored Pilot: But do not unfasten your safety belt!
Flight Attendant: That's got 'em back to their seats.
Bored Pilot: The emergency spill must be released!
Bored Pilot: But do not leave your seats!
Bored Pilot: Do not panic!
Bored Pilot: Tea will be served.
Bored Pilot: Inflate your lifejackets!
Bored Pilot: And extinguish all cigarettes!
Bored Pilot: Please remove the luggage from the racks above your heads and please it on the other side of the aircraft.
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Yet to break the conventions
31 July 2003 | by (Somewhere) – See all my reviews

Python's genius was in identifying and breaking the norms of TV, just as the Beatles broke those of music and Godard, film. But this pre-Python program follows the conventions. Rather than sketches being interrupted by the army, they build up to a conventional punchline. Sketches are self-contained; characters from one sketch do not appear in another threatening each other to stop using their lines. Credits flash on the screen as they would anywhere else. Very conventional comedy from some comedians who would soon help break the conventions, but haven't yet.

If this had been included as an extra on a Python DVD, it would have been a great one. But since you have to buy it as its own title, it doesn't fare as well.


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