Famous Friday: Monty Python

I just read a blog post where the writer mentioned that she doesn't like it when people quote Monty Python. Whereas I will admit that British humor is particular and not for everyone, there are two problems with her statement:

1. Where are all these people who are quoting Monty Python? As far as I have encountered, only my dad and I quote it on a regular basis (or at all).

2. Whenever I do quote it, I always get blank stares (a joke's not funny if you have to explain it every time, people!). Not only are people not quoting it, but they don't even know when its been quoted which leads me to believe that most people either haven't seen it (usually the case) or just don't think it as hilarious as I think it is.

I remember the first time I ever watched a Monty Python production. I saw one of their movies, "Life of Brian". I couldn't stop crying! That is, I was laughing so hard, I had tears streaming down my face the whole time. I had to pause the movie every so often just so I could catch my breath.

I then saw "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" in my high school World History class. Yes, you read that right. My World History class was fun and I had the best World History teacher ever! He showed it because it was the best video to portray the Trojan horse...err, rabbit.

And let's not forget the TV show. It is very similar to SNL in that it is comprised of comical skits, all of which come with a slew of hilarious quotations.

For those of you who haven't seen Monty Python, I highly recommend at least checking out one of the movies or YouTube a couple of skits. However, like I said, British humor is not for everyone. It tends to be crude, sarcastic, self-deprecating and can be viewed as insensative. I think what is most comical is that Monty Python, or other similar shows and movies, make these jokes despite the fact that we live in an uptight and politically correct world. Its kind of like the sibling relationship where you deliberately do things just to get under the other person's skin. Being one of three siblings myself, I find amusement in that as well. If we can't laugh at ourselves or at others, where is the fun in that?

Its my firm belief, and I'm sticking to it, that there is a Monty Python quote for almost every situation.

Until next time, always look on the bright side of life!


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