Monday, March 4, 2013

Head of Light Entertainment in the sky

I had intended to do some blogging after I checked my email, but my email provider isn't letting me log in. Oh well, guess I can do some light blogging now.

Here's a neat and thoughtful reminiscence of Monty Python's Flying Circus. In other places I've seen it noted that Python's political humor was vague and general, not aimed at anyone or anything specifically. There was mention in one episode of "Margaret Thatcher's naughty bits", but that was a random bit of silliness. Bustillos makes the point that this abstractness gave them freedom to ask questions about the nature of authority.

The article also provides an excerpt of John Cleese's eulogy for Graham Chapman, which may actually be the last classic Python skit.


susan said...

The funny thing about watching Monty Python as adults was that we knew right away how subversive the whole thing was. They were scoring points on so many targets at once it was quite a dizzying experience and quite an exercise in self control to stop laughing long enough to catch the next joke. Thank goodness the shows were all saved because it was impossible to follow it all the first time through. The article was a good one and I agree with you about the last real Python skit being that eulogy.

Ben said...

Oh, the world would be a much poorer place if the shows weren't saved, since we'd be denied the chance to see them coming into their own, doing brilliant work despite or because of their personal differences. And they almost weren't saved. I think Terry Jones bought the tapes as they were about to be wiped.