Monty Python is Dead

Monty Python is dead. It has passed on. This group is no more. It has ceased to be. It has expired and gone to meet its maker. Its a stiff. Bereft of life, it rests in peace.Its metabolic processes are now history.Its off the twig. It has kicked the bucket, its shuffled off its mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible!!

However, when it was an active group, it revolutionized comedy as a genre. The group members were the supermen who had a secret identity – they were the Sense of Humor Repair Men.

I was introduced to Monty Python at a time when I considered Bridget Jones witty and humorous. That is like an ant thinking a pebble is huge until it sights an elephant. I had seen just one episode of theirs and I was hooked. Two years down the line, I am positively addicted to it.

Monty Python, theUK based TV serial had five main members – Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, John Cleese and Michael Palin. A total of forty-five episodes were aired over four series. Apart from this, the troupe has made several movies, songs, books etc and needless to say, almost all have been a smashing success. Everything about this show is just so comical and its level of insanity is absolutely brilliant. Would you like a 5-minute argument or the full half hour in the argument clinic?

One cannot contain the humor of this group into specific genre. It is a genre in itself, one sketch of the Monty Python is enough to take us to an altogether different level of insanity, wit, humor, sadism, sarcasm and also slapstick. The best part of Monty Python is that their philosophy like color TV is all there in black and white.

All the episodes somehow seem more like a private joke where at least one viewer would be cringing with embarrassment. Moreover, it is just so intriguing that their satire is all-encompassing. As far as I have seen, they have glorified almost all professions, all eras, all mannerisms and all supposed sensibilities by their inane ability to turn everything into an inflated joke. Simply said, they did not leave any sphere of human life ‘unpythoned’. It is also just so funny how they touched upon the core of human behavior through incredible unabashed exaggeration. On the other hand, maybe, it is not exaggeration. People are capable of conclusively proving (and recording their findings in a changing room) that a penguin has a smaller brain than humans and its benefits. Having seen so many episodes, I cannot but relate to all those Monty Python’s bizarre sketches. This is their power, to be able floor a girl of another generation and living in another country.

In addition, the fact that they are loved worldwide is astounding when seen in the light that they are so Britain centric. Even the Spanish Inquisition had to enter the houses of Britain for them to find mention in the series. Generally, only Britain’s people and issues are made fun of.

All the Monty Python episodes give the impression that the members produced for their own amusement. They cared two hoots about public opinion or moral censure. Graham Chapman was the legend who said “shit” first time on TV. However, it must be mentioned that they never used dirty words. All such references were carefully covered in doubling meanings. Sample this – “another edition of the game in which you can play with *yourself*”. Basically, an entire episode would be a grand sketch of double meanings where it was imperative to think twice before daring to laugh. And yet, it is just so easy to promptly laugh, Monty Python just evokes inevitable laughter. Each joke is like the Funniest Joke in the World. Sudden violent comedy strikes my little house too everything I watch a sketch of theirs.

Monty Python has insane, totally unbelievable storylines, excellent acting, believable emotions, perfect comic timing, a sense of humor which refuses to dumb down even when an extremely trifle subject is tackled and of course, the innumerous innuendos. The humor of this self-contained group is a must watch for all types of intelligent viewers. Only one question remains – Why is it that nobody remembers the name of Johann Gambolputty… de von Ausfern-schplenden-schlitter-crasscrenbon-fried-digger-dingle-dangle-dongle-dungle-burstein-von-knacker-thrasher-apple-banger-horowitz-ticolensic-grander-knotty-spelltinkle-grandlich-grumblemeyer-spelterwasser-kurstlich-himbleeisen-bahnwagen-gutenabend-bitte-ein-nurnburger-bratwustle-gernspurten-mitz-weimache-luber-hundsfut-gumberaber-shonedanker-kalbsfleisch-mittler-aucher von Hautkopft of Ulm?

Shravya Jain