Philip Takes Out The Rubbish…Now Let Theresa Take Out The Trash!
Vote Theresa May 2016 in an election which definitely isn’t presidential at all, y’all.
Don’t Let Cyber Attacks Ruin Our NHS…That’s Our Job!
Vote Conservative: Because Who Honestly Likes Going To Hospital Anyway? Exactly. Soon We’ll Make Sure You Can’t Go Ever Again
Pass At 11: And Be Ours Forever!
Vote Conservative: Because If You’re Not Middle Class By Puberty, You Never Will Be
Come On! Theresa May’s Nothing Like As Bad As Thatcher Really…Unless? You Like That Kind Of Thing? In Which Case, She Kind Of Is. Whatever You Want…
Vote Conservative: She’ll U-Turn If You Want Her To. The Iron Lady’s Not Returning
Supported Brexit? Got Your Own Way On It But Still Very Angry About It And Many Other Things For No Real Reason?
Vote Conservative: Because There Might Actually Be Something A Bit Wrong With You
Jeremy Might Not: Theresa May…
Vote Conservative: Sleep Easy Knowing If Anyone Else Kills Us All, We’ll Make Sure The Rest Of The World Also Die Very Soon Afterwards As Well
Jeremy Corbyn Will Ensure Black Lesbian Dwarves Overrun Your Homes, Steal Your Property and Kidnap Your Children If Labour Win Power
Vote Conservative: Because We’ll Say Any Old Bollocks If It Means We Get To Win
Published by: Carlton Books
It is a sad fact that the world today can be divided into two groups. Those who, like me, will always be amused by the likes of the Dirty Fork Sketch (punchline: “A good job I didn’t tell them about the dirty knife as well!”), the Upper Class Twit of the Year contest (“Nigel Incubator-Jones. His best friend is a tree. Works as a stockbroker in his spare time”), the quiz show Blackmail, the Ministry of Silly Walks, the Funniest Joke in the World and, of course, the Dead Parrot Sketch.
Then there are those, perhaps a majority now sadly, for whom the humour of Monty Python’s Flying Circus will always be a mystery. Like The Goon Show which is now largely incomprehensible to anyone born after 1960, MPFC is increasingly dated.
Disparate members of the first group even those like me who were born after the series finished are thus forced to eternally roam the land muttering catchphrases (“nudge nudge, wink wink, likes photography? I bet she does! I bet she does!”) which are totally incomprehensible to the second group and trying to convince them it was funny.
In truth, although patchy as all TV sketch shows are, it really was often very funny. The cause was helped by the films too, particularly the Life of Brian, which have by and large aged better than the series.
This book attempts to bridge the gap still further with (if I may quote from the press release) “22 removable facsimiles of rare memorabilia from their official archives, including hand-scribbled scripts, cue sheets, character lists, posters, and animation artwork”. If the aim is to introduce the uninitiated to the ways of Python, I’m not sure it succeeds. Would anyone who didn’t know the series well buy it anyway? I doubt it.
But for any Python fans out there, this is a lovely book and a beautifully crafted treat for them.
And let’s not forget the Spanish Inquisition. Nobody expects…oh bugger.
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