Tuesday, July 12, 2016

And Now for Something...

This is the first Monty Python sketch I ever saw.

I had no idea what I was seeing.

But I was head over heels in love with whatever it was.

And I still am.

Not long ago, Drummer Boy and I watched Life of Brian together, and it got me thinking about dear Graham Chapman.

Track down his autobiography.
You won't regret it.
And thinking about Graham got me thinking about this, my first exposure to Monty Python, and still one of my favorite sketches.

And that got me thinking about whether it's strange that I actually remember that very first sketch, which I watched on Channel 10, Milwaukee's main PBS station, sometime around 1981.

Do any of you remember your first encounter with this most necessary of comedy troupes?

Or is it possible that - gasp - there is among you someone who is not a fan of Monty Python?

Seems unlikely, but I'm open to that unlikely possibility.
Share your first Python experience with me (even if it's this post). Find a video, or simply quote the script verbatim (which I know damn well you can do).

We'll all have a good laugh.

Very woody sentence, that.


  1. Like you my first exposure was through PBS. I tuned in to hear Eric Idle--not John Cleese, for once--saying, "And now for something completely different...a man with three buttocks."
    I thought it was a bona fide news program which made John Cleese's awkwardness and Terry Jones's refusal to remove his trousers that much funnier.
    I saw it on a PBS station in Florida while we were on vacation. The PBS station back home didn't run Monty Python, so that was also my only exposure for many years.

  2. An additional comment: there's also the book Graham crackers: fuzzy memories, silly bits, and outright lies.
    The Dallas Public Library happens to have a copy.
    I hope this information will be of use to you.

  3. Listen, you Judean People's Front splitter, you can knock your coconuts together all you want, but I fart in your general direction if you think I'm not a Python fan. Now write Romanes Eunt Domus 100 times.


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