The irreverent Monty Python comedy troupe present a series of skits which are often surreal, bawdy, uncompromising and/or tasteless, but nearly always hilarious.Written by
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Despite its ground-breaking reputation and huge influence on a generation of comedians and writers, John Cleese believes that much of this show has not aged very well. He feels that only about one or maybe two sketches in each episode still retain their quality and impact and the rest of the writing and production is weak, rather amateurish, and under rehearsed. See more »
The Air Tube that operates Mr. Tree's mouth can be seen in the profile shot, when light starts glinting off it. See more »
The A&E home video VHS & DVD versions, while restoring some footage, have eliminated some as well, including:
Graham Chapman's abbreviated rendition of "Tonight Tonight" from "West Side Story" in the "Funny Bus Conductor" sketch.
The ending "Dad's Pooves" film from episode 38.
Dialogue from "Biggles Dictates A Letter" sketch.
A&E explains that: "All of the Monty Python[videos] available at the A&E online store were produced directly from masters that we received." And that some "rights issues" were involved in some of the cuts.
Any episode of Monty Python will reduce one to fits of laughing that will produce bouts of tears that will render the viewer on the ground. Great physical comedy on all parts, but especially John Cleese in the Ministry of Silly Walks sketch, which is his least favorite sketch. Great writing that walks that fine line between genius and silly, and meshes the two. These guys also knew when and how to start end a sketch. Still funny thirty years later, wish the same could be said about Saturday Night Live. Too bad there wasn't some knight who could hit Lorne Michaels with a chicken.
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