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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John Cleese was Rowan Atkinson's idol growing and inspired him to be a comedian. Rowan Atkinson performed with the Monty Python cast in the Secret Policeman's Ball and John Cleese made a cameo in one show of Not The 9 O'clock Show (1979) (TV Show) which Rowan Atkinson was a regular performer. 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 »
She your wife?
Um, no, actually...
Ooooh, oooh, well don't let me interrupt anything, I know all about one-night stands! Oh, dear, this music isn't much, is it?
[throws away calm record and starts playing marsh music]
I heard this hilarious joke at the pub today: What's brown and sounds like a bell?
I beg your pardon?
What's brown and sounds like a bell?
[Iris shakes head in confusion]
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Several episodes go on for several minutes following the closing credits. Some closing credits even incorporate the BBC "rolling earth" logo that was used at the time between programs. See more »
The A&E home video VHS & DVD versions, while restoring some footage, have eliminated some as well, including:
The word "masturbation" in the "All-England Summarize Proust Competition" sketch.
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.
Beating everything out of the meaninglessness of everything.
It is hard to put into words how much I like the "Flying Circus". Born just some years after it was produced, I can still remember how my whole class at school watched a replay of it on German TV at the end of the 80s (it was fortunately not dubbed, just subtitled) and we were always re-enacting the jokes the day after... Fortunately we had teachers who were also into Monty Python, including our English teacher who let us watch their movies. Now, almost 25 years later, they continue to make me laugh. But having grown up and having become a little bit more educated now allows me to produce an even sillier interpretation of their work. The thought underlying everything they did was basically that 99,9% of the things we humans do is practically meaningless. May it be starting or following a religion (Brian), undergoing expert treatment (Confuse-a-Cat Ltd. - a brilliant sketch), politics (Silly Walks) etc. And what made them even better is that they also took on the past with WW2 (the deadly joke, Hilter in England) and their medium TV/cinema in itself. Brian kidnapped by aliens - an early parody of science-fiction, isn't it? All this combined with to-the-point acting, sharp observations and top-notch writing - they were decades ahead of their time. If this did not deserve a 10/10 rating, I would not know what else.
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