Monty Python's Flying Circus

We can learn a lot from the Brits.  They have been at it so much longer than we have.  They speak and write the language better.  They take better care of their citizens.  They produced the greatest rock band of all time (The Beatles).  And, they produced the greatest comedy group ever assembled - Monty Python's Flying Circus (almost named "Owl Stretching Time") - consisting of Graham Chapman (1941-1989), John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin with appearances by Carol Cleveland, Connie Booth and a few others.

The Pythons gave us great silly/clever television sketches: "Ministry of Silly Walks," "Dead Parrot," "Spanish Inquisition", "Nudge, Nudge, Wink, Wink," "Wuthering Heights with Semaphores," "Upperclass Twit of the Year" and many, many others.  They wrote and performed in wonderful parody movies: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life.  Some of their songs are classics: Lumberjack Song, Spam Song and Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.  The Python group took sketch and parody performance comedy to a new level that has yet to be matched. [JAM 3/5/2009]

Books:

Monty Python's Big Red Book - Methuen - 1971 - 64 pages

This book is much too silly.  Save your money.  Eat a frog.  [JAM 6/15/2020]

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (screenplay) - Methuen - 1977 - 92 pages

Monty Python's Life of Brian (script) - Ace Books - 1979 - 172 pages

The Complete Monty Python's Flying Circus: All the Words (two volumes) - Pantheon Books - 1989 - 674 pages

The First 28 Years of Monty Python (Kim "Howard" Johnson) - St. Martin's Griffin - 1999 - 424 pages

Monty Python Encyclopedia (Robert Ross) - Barnes & Noble Books - 2001 - 288 pages

Monty Python Live! (edited by Eric Idle) - Hyperion - 2009 - 233 pages