Monty Python

We went to the Millennium dome tonight for the reunion of Monty Python.   It was the first time we had been back since a bleak afternoon in January 2000 when we went to visit the government’s lamentable efforts to mark the millennium.   The evening was highly elaborate and technologically sophisticated for a vast audience, a far cry from the wilfully amateurish graphics and mad schoolboy humour of the original, watched on a black-and-white television.   I was trying to work out where Terry Gilliam’s graphic language had come from:  a mixture of surrealism, Mervyn Peake, psychedelia, neo-Victorianism and the idiom Peter Blake used for the cover of Sergeant Pepper.   I was also impressed by how much had entered the language:  the Ministry of Funny Walks;  the spam song;  the anti-Germanism.   And now for something completely different….

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  1. I had long been enamoured of Monty Python via albums and NPR, and thought them (as well as Douglas Adams’ “Hitchhiker’s Guide…”) among the funniest things I’d ever heard. Thus I was surprised to discover upon moving to London that they were not comedies but documentaries.

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