A Conversation for Monty Python

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Post 1

Zach Garland

There is allegedly a comedy special of some sort coming up this fall. This year marks the 25th or 30th anniversary or something of Monty Python, so the BBC is doing something about it. Doesn't sound like anyone outside Great Britain will be able to see it though.

Kinda sucks.

http://www.pythonline.com used to exist. I just tried it and got an error. I'm sure it'll be back; just stepped out for a cup of tea. That's the official Python site, and when it works it's awesome.

There's also http://www.montypython.net which is one of the most professional looking fan efforts I've seen on the 'Net. Very nice, and about as complete as you can get. I recommend that website's notify list.

http://www.montypython.com is on sale for sixteen thousand U.S. dollars. I don't think that's a joke but it should be. Granted, the Python boys are worth at least that much, but I don't think they'd see a cent of the money.

If you haven't tried the Monty Python computer games, you're missing out. There are three of them. They're very multimedia oriented, fast paced and hold true to the wild stream of consciousness style of presentation that the Pythons always went for.

The first is "Complete Waste of Time" and is based on the television series. The other two, "Holy Grail" and "Meaning of Life" are each based on the movies. There was talk of a "Life of Brian" CD some day, but Seventh Level, the company that made these games, got bought out. If these games aren't out of print they will be soon so you should hunt for them now. The Holy Grail is the best of the lot. Meaning of Life has a few bugs in it because it was a rush job, made as Seventh Level tanked.

If you have any more Python info that you think would be cool to share, feel free to pass it on here in the forums.

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Post 2

Fruitbat (Eric the)

Among the mass of printed material on Python is a new book, by an American, called "Monty Python Speaks". Through interviews and "probing" questions, the chronology of Python is laid bare for the first time in detail (this is probably only possible now, since any hope of future Python projects is nil). There are also a few unseen photos scattered through the text.

The book also details how they crossed the pond, how they confounded American producers wanting to bring their work to the States, and why they worked as they did.

As for the first film they did, that was "And Now For Something Completely Different", and was intended to prepare America for their humour...which was completely unknown there in the early '70's. Little more than a bigger-budgeted (though not by much) version of a t.v.show, it kinda sags a bit as a Python film (compared to later work), though it did gain an audience later.

Other books they're featured in are: "Irreverence, scurrility, profanity, vilification and licentious abuse: Monty Python The Case Against" "The Complete Monty Python (sic)" "The First 200 Years of Monty Python", "From Fringe To Flying Circus", and a few others I can't find at the moment.

Python revolutionised comedy as it was written and presented on television and later, on film. They broke the rules, and discovered some new ones:
1. If the writing makes you laugh the first time you hear it, leave it alone when shooting: the audience hasn't heard it before.

2. The presentation of satire should be taken as seriously as that which is being satirised: locations, costumes, accents, production value must all be authentic or the joke doesn't work.

3. Comedy can be intelligent and silly. That's what makes it last.

That's all I can think of at the moment, there's bound to be more...all of which are probably ignored at all cost.


PS: If the Beeb does do something, likely as not the show will turn up on video in North America within a few months: they know there's a huge market for smart comedy here and they're probably also aware of what doubles for comedy on telly here, too.

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Post 3

Fat Tum Menace

There was a game which came out about 10 years ago on the Atari ST (maybe other formats but I don't know). This was simply entitled Monty Python's Flying Circus. It was a platformy type of thing and as far as I remember you had to find bits of bodies as you were pushed through a contraption similar to that on the original opening titles.

There was also a shareware game around the same time called "Quest for the Holy Grail". This was a text adventure and was not officially based on the Monty Python film but was very similar in concept and storyline. There was also a similar game sold commercially for the Sinclair Spectrum.

Also, (don't worry, I'll be finished in a minute) there was another film, which preceded "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" called "And Now For Something Completely Different". This was essentially re-recordings of classic Python sketches and wasn't very good.

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