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PBS To Air Six New Monty Python Specials

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the pining-for-the-fjords dept.

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Freshly Exhumed wrote to mention a PBS release with good news for BritCom Fans. The Public Broadcasting Service is planning to air six new Monty Python specials. From the article: "Each of the exclusive-to-PBS six one-hour programs will focus on one member of the original Monty Python troupe - Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones - and showcase favorite clips from the group's television series and movies, mixed with new footage. The five living Pythons - Cleese, Idle, Gilliam, Palin and Jones - will each produce and write their own episode, with the five collaborating on a sixth special to honor deceased member Chapman."

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fr1st NI pr0st (3, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771149)


Frist NI pr0st for the Knights who say "Ni"!

Ni!

Ni!

Ni!

Re:fr1st NI pr0st - commented code (0)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771251)


-- Knights who say Ni

Funny := 1 -- true
ROFL := Funny
Ni := 0 -- false

Do While (Funny)

If (Ni)
Then
  Say "Ikki Panga Poota!"
Else
  Say "Ni!"
End If

If ! StillLaughing
Then
    Funny = 0 -- false
    ROFL = 0 -- false
End If

End Do

Re:fr1st NI pr0st (3, Funny)

ehrichweiss (706417) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771456)

We are no longer the Knights Who Say Ni, weeeeeeeeee are now the Knights Who say, Ickyickyickynerfanerlpmphfp.

Re:fr1st NI pr0st (1)

ddimas (629883) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771509)

Frist NI pr0st for the Knights who say "Ni"! Ni! Ni! Ni!

What does

  • IT
mean?

AAAARRRRGHH! (1)

ThankfulJosh (867278) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771666)

I am so facking sick of my local (Orlando, FL, WMFE) public television station playing so much facking British programming. I can't hardly ever find a good documentary or news show! Nova, Frontline, and BBC documentaries are on maybe once a week each! But God forbid a day goes by without 4 facking hours of Gol-DAM British facking 3rd-rate "comedies" and "soap operas." I am so freaking angry.

That being said, Monty Python is definitely the peak of British humor. THAT being said, being the peak of British humor is not exactly grounds for bragging rights.

Re:AAAARRRRGHH! (1)

Geoffreyerffoeg (729040) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771709)

I am so facking sick of my local (Orlando, FL, WMFE) public television station playing so much facking British programming.

"Facking?" Looks like it's getting to you....

No one expects the Spanish Inquisition! (3, Funny)

HangingChad (677530) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771154)

With our powers of surprise, fear and...what was that other one?

No one really expects the Spanish Inquisition! (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771191)

no, no, no - you've got it all wrong.

It's "Noone expects the Canadian Inquisition. Our chief weapons are Attractive Women, Excessive Politeness, and a smashing good Sense of Humor."

Re:No one really expects the Spanish Inquisition! (1)

kjots (64798) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771238)

"Plus an almost fanatical devition to health care-four, our four chief weapons are ..."

Re:No one really expects the Spanish Inquisition! (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771282)

"Plus an almost fanatical devition to health care-four, our four chief weapons are ..."

No, let's do that one over again.

[Exeunt]

[Stage Manager shot in loud explosion, followed by thud of body]

Noone expects the American Inquisition!

Our Chief Weapons are Fear, Torture, and an insane hatred of all things French!

Re:No one really expects the Spanish Inquisition! (2, Insightful)

amliebsch (724858) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771369)

See, now, you had to take a good, funny joke line and inject your thuddingly unfunny political screed. It's people like you what cause unrest.

Re:No one really expects the Spanish Inquisition! (5, Funny)

NoStrings (622372) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771606)

Yes, well, I never wanted to be a Slashdot troll. I always wanted to be...a lumberjack! Leaping from tree to tree as they float down the mighty rivers of British Columbia!

Re:No one really expects the Spanish Inquisition! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14771621)

Come and see the repression inhierent in the system!!

From: Mel Books' (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14771392)

History of the World: Part 1

Im Sorry, we were looking for.... (1)

slashbob22 (918040) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771567)

FUD. F-U-D. Better luck next time.

Fanatical devotion (1)

Urban Garlic (447282) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771575)

You'd think that one would be the easiest to remember for fanatically devoted Monty Python enthusiasts.

Amongst our weaponry are such diverse elements as... fear, surprise, fanatical devotion...

You had me at (5, Funny)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771166)

"new material".

Any chance to see former Monty Ptyhon members with their favourite bits hanging out, with new material added, is a good thing.

Well, except for that dead guy - hope they don't trot out his moldy corpse, wire its jaw to a computer, and make him some kind of animatronic "I'm feeling better" kind of bit.

That would bring me down just a tad.

Care for a cup of tea? I hear Sartre's going to pop in today ...

Re:You had me at (4, Informative)

ePhil_One (634771) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771254)

Well, except for that dead guy - hope they don't trot out his moldy corpse, wire its jaw to a computer, and make him some kind of animatronic "I'm feeling better" kind of bit.

In the past they had an urn on a chair which they claimed were his ashes. I don't recall if they had an animatronic lid or not.

Re:You had me at (Champman's Ashes thread) (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771350)

in the past they had an urn on a chair which they claimed were his ashes. I don't recall if they had an animatronic lid or not.

Nowadays we use CGI.

Still, would be funnier with wires moving the jaw and all that.

Re:You had me at (4, Informative)

rjmnz (165487) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771375)

John Cleese (IIRC) brought them in and placed the urn on a small table. Everyone greeted the urn as if Graeme was actually there. At the end there was an orchestrated dispute and the urn got knocked over spilling the ashes. It ended with the pythons scrabbling on the floor attempting to retrieve the "ashes".

Re:You had me at (5, Funny)

amliebsch (724858) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771388)

Well, except for that dead guy

He's not dead, he's pining for the fjords.

Re:You had me at (1)

enjerth (892959) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771320)

Actually, they had his corpse cremated. They had his ashes in an urn and... well... maybe you should just watch it.

I tried to remember the name of the show I saw and find it on IMDB but I couldn't come up with a name that matched what was listed under the various actors. I thought it was something to the effect of reunion. It may have been an HBO special I recorded around 6 years ago. Anyone know the name of that title and if it's on IMDB?

Re:You had me at (2, Informative)

DJNephilim (832695) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771481)

It was the A&E special that they did for Monty Python when they were given the Lifetime Acheivement award by the American Film Institute. It was hosted by Robert Klein and features comedian Eddie Izzard trying to pose as a member of the Monty Python crew. It's really funny, and is available on DVD. You can find it here [amazon.com] .

Re:You had me at (1)

Albert71292 (877316) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771640)

Actually, it was at the 1998 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival tribute in Aspen, and it was first aired on HBO.

Re:You had me at (1)

enjerth (892959) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771676)

Are you sure? That title is dated 1982 on Amazon. Chapman died in 89. Although the other points you mention sound familiar. I think I found it at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0287570/ [imdb.com]

Re:You had me at (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771573)

yes, I watched the special where they had his ashes in an urn.

Personally, I liked the visual of them digging up his corpse, complete with school tie, withered and moldy, and using animatronics to animate it, possibly including really obvious wires and devices that occassionally would issue smoke when they stopped working.

But now you've gone and done it. Now I'm depressed. I can't go on any longer. I'll have to commit sepaku and blame it on watching too much anime.

*wink wink* (1)

hausmaus (684529) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771171)

Nothing like a little fresh how's your father from the Ministry of Silly Walks.

All I have to say is: (1, Offtopic)

Odin_Tiger (585113) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771172)

w00t!

Re:All I have to say is: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14771658)

The only time two letters are insightful :-P.

Another set of DVD's for my wall of Cool Stuff (0, Offtopic)

gadlaw (562280) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771181)

Oh yeah, I'm there. The marketing people have found yet another way to grab my money by repackaging the stuff I already have. Sort of. More or less. I'll still buy it. And now - for something completely different.

obligatory (3, Funny)

Bananatree3 (872975) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771182)

"I don't think there's a punch-line scheduled, is there?"

BBC? (4, Interesting)

taskforce (866056) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771188)

That's interesting, one might expect them to be shown on the venerable BBC first? I wonder how PBS managed to secure a deal. I'd guess the Pythons have no contract with the BBC running, but still, I would expect it to be the first place they would go.

Maybe PBS approached them?

Re:BBC? (3, Interesting)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771218)

It makes sense. Apart from the movies from some ill-advised, heavily edited syndication on I think Comedy Central in the 90s, Python's US exposure has been on PBS.

Re:BBC? (1, Informative)

poot_rootbeer (188613) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771713)

It makes sense. Apart from the movies from some ill-advised, heavily edited syndication on I think Comedy Central in the 90s, Python's US exposure has been on PBS.

I was first exposed to the Python when MTV aired episodes of Flying Circus, at midnight I think, in the mid-1980's. I seem to remember them being unedited and commercial-free, but I was a wee lad at the time so I may be wrong about that. But I'm CERTAIN it was MTV.

Re:BBC? (1)

Politburo (640618) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771297)

Python is having a slight resurgence in the US with their "Spamalot" musical. This is probably the reason for PBS. The show doesn't open in London until October.

Re:BBC? (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771342)

It's a sad part of the world where Python needs to go through a resurgence. One of my earliest memories is of my father reciting the Argument Room sketch. Their comedy is brilliant and timeless, even with Idle's somewhat shameless lifting of his old mates' material for a broadway show.

Audience Size? (3, Interesting)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771466)

Well, Terry Gilliam [wikipedia.org] was born in Minnesota (the only member born outside the UK). I'm also from Minnesota and I haven't forgotten about his origins.

Even though Python is known for being British Comedy, their films and shows are still purchased everywhere in the United States--they possibly have more sales in the United States than Britain just because of the population sizes. Perhaps they want to maximize exposure?

I caught the Kids in the Hall on tour in Minneapolis once and it was packed, I was deafened by laughter. Whether you believe it or not, foreign comedy like Monty Python or The Kids in the Hall are greatly appreciated by Minnesotans. I assume it's similar in other places around the United States.

Re:Audience Size? (2, Interesting)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771689)

I think Kids in the Hall are very likely as close to Python as any comedy troupe has gotten since. They had a bit darker sense of the bizarre, but also really had no problem going in any ol' direction they pleased. For some very odd reason, publicly-owned networks like the BBC and CBC seem more likely to create this sort of comedy. Perhaps part of it is that because they get so much money from the state, they don't feel so reliant upon ratings and are a little more willing to give long-shots a chance to show their stuff. The only American network that really tried seriously was NBC with SNL, and it did, in the early years, nearly reach the same heights as Python, but as it seemed to quickly become more a vehicle for the SNL-stars-of-the-day to jump to the movies the really good lineups didn't really last long enough.

Parrot Routine with Chapman's Body? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14771189)

This Chapman is no more.

No no no. He's just asleep.

Their humor (5, Funny)

propertechdotnet (932592) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771197)

Their humor is not dead. It's just pining for the fjords.

Re:Their humor (1)

EnderGT (916132) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771327)

You don't read the "from the ... department" line, do you.

Re:Their humor (1)

propertechdotnet (932592) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771636)

"You don't read the "from the ... department" line, do you." Sure I do. But one nuance of MP is it gets funnier every time it is repeated.

Re:Their humor (1)

niko9 (315647) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771355)

He's been dead for quite some time. He wouldn't voom if you put 4000 volts through him!

Oh, come on! Call this what it is... (1)

fallen1 (230220) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771203)

*sings* SPAM! Spam, spam, spam, lovely spam, wonderful spam! Spaaaaaaaam! *cough* Well, at least I didn't claim I wanted to be a lumberjack... '-)

OK I'll bite (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14771293)

I DON'T LIKE SPAM!!

Re:OK I'll bite (1)

warpSpeed (67927) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771426)

It's got not much spam in it...

Re:OK I'll bite (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14771483)

Can I have your spam? I love it!

Re:Radio Censorship. (1)

sethstorm (512897) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771699)

At least you dont have to worry about it being controversial(then again, the context it's put in, both are...), because the words arent awfully strong. But you can say spam on the radio.

A good reason to watch TV for a change... (5, Interesting)

Starker_Kull (896770) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771210)

...It is still amazing how well these shows have held up over 30+ years. Perhaps it is just sentimentality, but Monty Python is still one of the best comedy troupes, if not THE best, I have seen in my life.

Are we getting less funny? Or is familiarity part of the enjoyment? Or are they really just uniquely brilliant?

Re:A good reason to watch TV for a change... (2, Funny)

Otter (3800) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771285)

Are we getting less funny?

Prediction: It'll turn out that they've gotten less funny. (Except Cleese.)

Re:A good reason to watch TV for a change... (1)

propertechdotnet (932592) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771289)

So it's safe to assume you're unfamiliar with the Wayans brothers?

Re:A good reason to watch TV for a change... (3, Insightful)

PFI_Optix (936301) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771438)

Are you saying the Wayans are some even slightly remote way comparable to the perfection that is Python?

You may now die a horrible, painful, agonizing, terrible, excrutiating, cruel death.

Re:A good reason to watch TV for a change... (1)

propertechdotnet (932592) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771546)

We'll know if in thirty years basement-dwelling dorks periodically look at each other from beneath their coke-bottles to say "Homie don't play that" or recite a line of Fire-Marshall Bill's and follow up with a vigorous snort.

Re:A good reason to watch TV for a change... (1)

Starker_Kull (896770) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771565)

Quite familiar with them, Eddie Murphy before he "changed", John Stewart, Mark Russell, Keith Robinson, Sherrod Small, etc., etc. - I like good comedy. But Python has something timeless and brilliant, particularly in sketch comedy - I don't think (with the exception of Cleese) they would have been so good at stand-up, or Adam Sandler style movies.

No arguing taste! I wish I found another group that captured that wonderful sense of tweaked properness, of just barely concealed rage, or pure self-loathing - I haven't seen any other group get at these quite the same way.

Re:A good reason to watch TV for a change... (1)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771334)

The biggest killer has been "Alternative" comedy.

its alternative because it just isn't FUNNY.

Instead of blowing your top over some outragious piece of culture
just purse your lips and whistle...

If Cleese can take the piss out of the Germans and get away with it, surely other people can let off a tiny cartoon.

eeh (1)

coaxeus (911103) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771261)

run away ! run away !

Re:eeh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14771432)

oh come on, this was actually a funny reply :(

Of course... (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771269)

It will be available on iTunes? Or do we have to put up with all the "please support your local PBS" spamalot?

Re:Of course... (1)

ClamIAm (926466) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771374)

Yeah, low-resolution, DRM'd video is much better than free, unencrypted video with 20 seconds of nag ads.

Re:Of course... (1)

coaxeus (911103) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771663)

I couldn't agree more

*Yawn* (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14771281)

Sadly, monty python doesn't stand the test of time ... it is a shame that people are going to tune with fond memories and good intentions but won't laugh at all. Nostalgia only goes so far.

Re:*Yawn* (1)

whirlibulf (911135) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771326)

I must disagree, dear chappy! I didn't really find out about Monty Python until I was about 14/15 (3 years ago,) and I've loved it since. My cousins, aged between 6 and 10 at the time, also loved it. I doubt that Monty Python's sense of humour will be "outdated" very soon.

Re:*Yawn* (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14771440)

14/15?? What kind of age is that? Why don't you just say you're one whole year old?

Re:*Yawn* (5, Insightful)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771402)

Doesn't stand the test of time? There are a few sketches that refer to events of the period, and some of it is very particularly English, but nobody can tell me that The Twin Peaks of Kilimanjaro, the Spanish Inquisition, the Argument Room, the Piranha Brothers, Upperclass Twit of the Year, Bicycle Repairman, the brilliant Monty Python's Contractual Obligation, the entirety of The Holy Grail, etcetera and so on are dated. Flying Circus is probably television's finest moment, a bit of the sublime and absurd by six guys who threw out every single sketch comedy rule and made little half hours of perfect comedy.

Re:*Yawn* (1)

enjerth (892959) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771450)

When I was younger, I had to wake up at ten o'clock at night, half an hour before I went to bed, eat a dry lump of poison, work 29 hours down mill, and pay mill owner for permission to come to work. And when we got home, our Dad would kill us and dance about on our graves singing 'halleluyah'.

But you try and tell the young people today that... and they won't... laugh?

Re:*Yawn* (1)

Starker_Kull (896770) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771696)

Humph... when we were doing comedy, we didn't have any o' this namby-pamby television and camera and writer malarkey. We had to go up on a stage (well, it was more of a pit, really), no costumes, no lights, no dialog, make at least a dozen people die from laughing their guts up with jokes that we had just thought up that second in sign-language, and get violated by the club manager, IF we were lucky!

But, the young comedians today, they just won't believe you....

(If having it tougher than your kids isn't a timeless joke, I don't know what is, and they did it great)

hoping to catch "spamalot" (1)

peter303 (12292) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771294)

I've heard its funny. Has anyoen seen it?

Different from DVDs? (1)

redelm (54142) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771296)

I think I've already seen a set of Python DVDs by artist. How will this be different? Erudite commentary?

Re:Different from DVDs? (5, Informative)

Albert71292 (877316) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771556)

PBS is airing the exact same content that is on the DVD's, which have been out for a few months already. If you've watched the DVD's, you've seen these specials already.

Putting our money where our mouths are? (1)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771309)

Hopefully my fellow USians will be chipping in to help out PBS for providing such fine programming. Heck, even Adult Swim (owned by media conglomerate Time Warner) reminds us now and then to donate to your local PBS station.

BURMA! (1)

hullabalucination (886901) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771321)

I'm sorry, I panicked.

* * * * * * *

Most people are afraid of heights. I'm afraid of widths.
--Stephen Wright

I'm getting skeptical here... (4, Interesting)

mistermocha (670194) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771322)

... which I hate do do, since I so much adore the Monty Python gang. Televised events of this nature seldom do well, and seldom excite me. An attempt to drudge up the past will only prove how far the mighty have fallen. We just might see ol' Graham "Wormy" Chapman on screen. Recently, I saw The Meaning of Life for the first time, and although parts were delightfully pleasing, I could tell that the quality of story was stepping aside for mere shock value, which is the dead end where all comic genius eventually comes to die. Part of what made the troupe so funny was that it was funny during their time. We see success from modern-day comedy troupes, such as Saturday Night Live, because they do their best to stay with the times. Context of creation period has a lot to do with the quality of the performance. (e.g., there's only so many Bill Clinton jokes that will fly nowadays). Trying to make Monty Python work for a modern era would be like trying to install vacuum tubes into a 939-pin socket... you'd have to have one hell of an adapter kit. That said, TiVo is armed and ready!

Re:I'm getting skeptical here... (3, Insightful)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771506)

To be honest, by the time of the Meaning of Life, I think even they knew that the well was dry. My understanding was that after that, they pretty much split up, though they did make appearances on occasion in each other's projects. But Life of Brian is an astonishingly irreverent and blasphemous observation piece on organized religion which, to be quite honest with you, is more relevant right now than it was even then. The Holy Grail is pretty much a crossover classic, one of the great cult films which has earned its place among the funniest films ever made. The TV series, of course, wasn't always even (particularly after Cleese's departure), but those first three seasons are jaw-droppingly funny. These guys had no respect for anything at all, not even for their own real talents as writers. The thing I like the very most about Python was their absolute rejection of the sacred cow. Homosexual drill sergeants, the upper class portrayed as almost animalistically stupid, sketch routines that would just be cut off in midstream in violation of every notion of how to write that sort of comedy. Monty Python was to television what Sgt. Pepper was to records, and both were rare events where the lunatics were essentially given the run of the asylum and ended up producing some of the 20th centuries most extraordinary entertainments.

Maybe the first season of Saturday Night Live came close, and certainly the individual talents of all the guys that came out of Second City have to be considered, in a slightly different, more North American fashion, to be the equals of the Pythons, but seeing a sweaty John Belushi lose his marbles, while funny, doesn't seem nearly as funny as seeing John Cleese go bananas and start shouting "DON'T MENTION THE WAR!" I think you'll find most of the guys from Second City and SNL will pretty much pay homage to Python as the real Holy Grails of sketch comedy.

Let's face it, Englishman are funnier to mock than Americans, and it's even funnier when it's an Englishman.

Re:I'm getting skeptical here... (1)

ddimas (629883) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771589)

I don't know, Mr. Pithers Bicycle Ride still makes me ... aw darn, gotta go change my pants.

Slashdot "humour" logo (2, Insightful)

riflemann (190895) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771330)

Great choice of topic and its associated logo :) I dont reckon you can get more appropriate!

Just a flesh wound (2, Funny)

mackil (668039) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771346)

This is a terrific idea really. It's too bad Graham Chapman can't be a part of it though. Quite a tragedy when he died. No doubt he thought it was only a flesh wound at the time.

PBS: "We were in the nick of time. You were in great peril."
Pythons: "We don't think we were."
PBS: "Yes, you were. You were in terrible peril."
Pythons: "Look, let us go back in there and face the peril."
PBS: "No, it's too perilous."
Pythons: "Look, it's our duty as comedians to sample as much peril as we can."
PBS: "No, we've got to find great ratings. Come on!"
Pythons: "Oh, let us have just a little bit of peril?"
PBS: "No. It's unhealthy."
Pythons: "We bet you're gay."
PBS: "Your point?"

Old? (3, Informative)

svip (678490) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771359)

The press release is dated July 13th 2005...

Graham Chapman Sketch (5, Funny)

AnalogDiehard (199128) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771361)

Customer: I wish to lodge a complaint about this Chapman parody!
Clerk: Yes, what's wrong with it?
Customer: It's dead, that's what's wrong with it.

Dead? So? (1)

sootman (158191) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771362)

It's 2006! Being dead should not prevent Graham Chapman from being in the new shows. Someone get the makers of Forest Gump on the line and either use bits of old footage or create a CG Graham Chapman and insert him into sketches! Or better yet, George Lucas!

Hell, as long as Lucas is at the helm, put in Jar-Jar--"Meesa think thissa dead parrot!" OMGLOLZ!!!!!11one

Re:Dead? So? (1)

bohemian72 (898284) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771518)

Wait, you'd rather the makers of Forest Gump create a CG George Lucas for inclusion in the Python show than a Graham Chapman?

Has to be said (0, Redundant)

CDOS_CDOS run (669823) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771380)

"I'm not dead yet!"

45 or 47? (4, Funny)

SydShamino (547793) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771407)

The series' 45 episodes ran until December 1974. ... Beginning in Spring 2006, PBS stations will be able to introduce a whole new generation to the series when all 47 episodes will be available for broadcast.

Methinks the PBS public relations team should spend more time watching Sesame Street and practicing numbers. =p

I work with a Brit (1)

fdiskne1 (219834) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771439)

I work with a Brit and she hates Monty Python. She thinks they are the most unfunny "comedy" troupe around. Of course, she also says I have an accent. That said, I'll be watching. By the way, I now have can of Spamalot [somethingstylish.com] and a few bottles of Monty Python's Holy Ail [blogs.com] . I'm all set for a night of taunting.

Re:I work with a Brit (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771631)

I work with a Brit and she hates Monty Python. She thinks they are the most unfunny "comedy" troupe around. Of course, she also says I have an accent.

Well, you do. She speaks English. You speak some kind of mangled dialect of it and even spell some of the words funny, but it's definitely not English, more like a disused dialect that's been flushed down the john and had all the air let out of it, similar to calling petrol by some funny version called gas, when the whole world calls it petrol anyway.

Re:I work with a Brit (4, Insightful)

Keith Russell (4440) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771662)

I work with a Brit and she hates Monty Python.

The operative word here isn't "Brit", but "she". Python's humour has traditionally appealed more to men than women. In fact, BBC America ran a promo for Monty Python's Flying Circus that consisted of a clip of a sketch (I don't remember which), and the tagline: "If your girlfriend laughs at this, marry her."

Let's not forget the programming language... (0, Offtopic)

mslinux (570958) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771443)

'Python' was named after the Monty Python show because it's supposed to be fun. And it is fun... much fun indeed... practical and productive too... who would of thought one could have fun programming _and_ get stuff done too :)

Re:Let's not forget the programming language... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14771592)

FAG.

Fish Slapping Dance (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14771463)

I don't think I can survive another viewing of the Fish Slapping Dance...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fish-Slapping_Dan ce [wikipedia.org]

OH GOD! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14771467)

Oh boy! Now, I'm going to have to listen to people playing all the sketches over and over and over again! by themselves! It's MONTY MASTURBATION!

At work once, this guy just started off, playing all of the characters himself, doing a Monty Python sketch. It's not funny and quite annoying. Because, you're NOT FUNNY! The PYTHON BOYS ARE!!

ear plugs! That's what I need!

Yes but when do they air? (1)

bchernicoff (788760) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771487)

Anyone know?

Re:Yes but when do they air? (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771612)

frequently.

oh, sorry, I thought you meant err.

My apologies. Won't happen again.

[shoots self in head]

[lifeless corpse thuds to ground]

[offstage yell] Medic!

Episodes Air Feb 22nd (4, Informative)

skwang (174902) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771503)

According the the PBS Web site for Monty Python [pbs.org] , the first two one-hour episodes air tomorrow night: Wednesday February 22nd. The Flying Circus episodes will air starting in April of this year.

You'll have to check your local listings for the exact time. For all you MythTV users in Chicago it will be Channel 11 WTTW at 9pm CST.

Airing Tomorrow (1)

csanford (944712) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771508)

Since the article didn't mention it, it might be good to point out that the first in the series starts tommorrow [pbs.org] .

where is the Carol Cleveland episode? (2, Funny)

Brit_in_the_USA (936704) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771519)

The (unofficial) member of team, that I remember most fondly at a young impressionable age, was Carol Cleveland. I hope we see plenty of her appearances!

Carol Cleveland [Wiki] [wikipedia.org]

DVDs of this already available... (3, Informative)

TheRealStyro (233246) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771603)

Looks like these specials are already out on DVD...

Eric Idle's Personal Best [amazon.com]

John Cleese's Personal Best [amazon.com] (coming soon)

Graham Chapman's Personal Best [amazon.com] (coming soon)

Terry Jones' Personal Best [amazon.com] (coming soon)

Terry Gilliam's Personal Best [amazon.com] (coming soon)

Michael Palin's Personal Best [amazon.com]

The two that are released are already available on Netflix (with four to be available 28-Feb).

A better link (4, Informative)

14erCleaner (745600) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771623)

Rather than the 7-month-old press release referenced by the slashdot story, try the current PBS Monty Python [pbs.org] page. The first special is scheduled to air tomorrow (February 22), and the series reruns start in April.

There's nothing an agnostic cant do . . . (1)

Profcrab (903077) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771630)

I am glad to see Monty Python get together to do something. Too bad it is not on a higher profile station. I think their comedy is timeless and I like seeing it brought back for the younger generation so they can see a comedic style that still has not been duplicated.

and I would like to conclude by putting my finger up my nose . . .

He's Stone Dead (2, Funny)

Ranger (1783) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771654)

I watched Monty Python in my formative impressionable years. All I can say is you lousy rotten b...

The original poster has been sacked.

As I was saying Monty Python was the best most wond..

...astards! You cocks...

The original poster has been really been sacked

I cannot say enough good things about Monty Python. In fa...

...uckers! You ruined my li..

The original poster has been really REALLY been sacked. *BANG*

My llama can sing and it has a huge d...

*BANG*

This posting has been terminated because it was determined to be no longer funny.

Now, look here! (1)

yEvb0 (904248) | more than 8 years ago | (#14771693)

I'm sorry, but I must put an end to this discussion, as it has become much too silly [wikipedia.org] .

Chapman isn't dead (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14771697)

He's merely resting.

Pining for the fjords, he is.
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