Who doesn’t remember the Ministry of Silly Walks, the Dead Parrot and the Argument Clinic? If those titles don’t ring a bell, how about the Life of Brian, the Meaning of Life and the Holy Grail (with of course the amazing scenes of the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog and the Black Knight)?
Well, if you don’t know by now what I am talking about it means that right after reading this blog you have lots of homework to do. We are talking about Monty Python (of course!) a group of English comedians that started a new trend in how comedy on television was done during the last part of the 60s and beginning of the 70s. Because of the innovation in the way comedy was delivered to their audience and also the topics of their work, they are considered some of the most influential humorists not only in the UK but also in the United States and maybe the world.
They are also known for their "significant contributions" to the English language. One example of that is the inclusion of the term “Pythonesque” in the Oxford English Dictionary. Other famous words used in sketches or movies are: nee, ping, gumbys, semprini, and burma. If you are a Monty Python fan, you can think of many more!!
But, stop the talking!! I am going to leave you with a small sample of Monty Python’s humor (I picked this one because it is short but there are better ones :) ):
Hitler: My dog's got no nose!
Soldier: How does he smell?
If you want to watch some videos (or re-watch them) here are some ideas:
- Monty Python. Almost the truth
- Life of Brian
- The Personal best of Monty Python's Flying Circus
- Monty Python's Flying Circus. Eric Idle's Personal Best
- Monty Python's the Meaning of Life
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail
And for some reading (in case you haven’t memorized the scripts by now):
- Monty Python Live!
- Monty Python's Tunisian Holiday : My Life With Brian
- Diaries 1969-1979: the Python Years
- Monty Python Encyclopedia
- The Complete Monty Python's Flying Circus: All the Words