Monty Python

"...libertine discontinuities and perverse sense of scale..." - The New Yorker

"...dats right brr stuf..." - Gumby

"Can't you see? It's passed on. It is no more. It's gone to meet its maker. This . . . is an ex-parrot!"

"Yes, of course I can talk. I am Minister for Overseas Development."

"My hovercraft is full of eels."

"But Doctor Quott was a man of quite remarkable medical skill, insight, and determination. And within a few minutes, he had completely removed my wife's knickers."

MP are irresponsible for the following high-tech term(s):

Troupe members: GrahamChapman, JohnCleese, CarolCleveland?, TerryGilliam, EricIdle, TerryJones, MichaelPalin

MichaelPalin seemed genuinely interested in his unexpected contribution to making the programming manuals of the future less boring when I finally told him about the PythonLanguage over a beer before Christmas. (All the Python tutorial code examples use themes from MP sketches of various degrees of absurdity. Somehow it's the first time that I've felt the subject matter ideally matched the mind-numbing nature of the material.)

I think I lost Michael when I tried to describe the difference between a scripting and a 'serious' programming language but I told him to tell the other guys the good news anyway. Let's hope they don't sue. -- RichardDrake

Can you imagine MontyPython in court? hee hee!

They've already been in court. In the 1970s, the US broadcasting network, ABC, had bought the right to show some MontyPython episodes on late night television. They took 3 episodes, smashed them together, cut out large portions (to remove naughty bits), and showed them on a Friday night.

MontyPython sued, claiming that the cuts were unauthorized, that the result so distorted their work that it counted as copyright infringement, etc. The Judge was a Python fan! Eventually, MontyPython lost the court case, but won the war - ABC stopped showing the episodes, and they reached an out-of-court settlement.

There was an article on this in a 1976 New Yorker magazine (the one with the Saul Steinberg View of the World from Ninth Avenue cover, I think).

-- EricJablow

There's an interesting book documenting MontyPython's various run-ins with censorship, first from the BBC, then in the courts, called "Monty Python, The Case Against" (ISBN 0413486605 )

I think they'd be pleased to hear that there is a suburb in Canberra called "Bruce".

See also: TheSpanishInquisition

"...and now for something completely different: [2]"

Everything I need to know I learned from MontyPython

  1. The larch.

  2. Nobody expects the TheSpanishInquisition.

  3. I'm a lumberjack and, hey, I'm OK. And I thought you were so rugged!

  4. A dromedary has two humps and a dining car. You're no fun anymore.

  5. Norway is in a constant blaze. Wooden buildings, you know. That's how things are out east - you know, Norway, Sweden.

  6. When people put a nice chocky into their mouths, they don't expect to have their cheeks pierced. In any case, it is an inadequate description of the sweetmeat.

  7. There is no Rule Six.

  8. Come back 'ere, I can still bite yer kneecaps!

Philosophers song

 Immanuel Kant was a real pissant 
Who was very rarely stable

Heidegger, Heidegger was a boozy beggar Who could think you under the table
David Hume could out consume Schopenhauer and Hegel

And Wittgenstein was a beery swine Who was just as schloshed as Schlegel

There's nothing Nietzche couldn't teach ya 'Bout the raising of the wrist Socrates, himself, was permanently pissed

John Stuart Mill, of his own free will On half a pint of shandy was particularly ill

Plato they say, could stick it away Half a crate of whiskey every day

Aristotle, Aristotle was a bugger for the bottle Hobbes was fond of his dram

And Rene' Descartes was a drunken fart "I drink, therefore I am"

Yes, Socrates, himself, is particularly missed A lovely little thinker But a bugger when he's pissed

This is related to the famous drinking philosophers problem. (they must've got thirsty after dining)

And is full of impossibilities and mentions Socrates twice.

Shouldn't this read 'Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel' rather than 'Schopenhauer and Hegel'? At least my version seems to.

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> "Shouldn't this read 'Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel'"


I believe that the version sung during "Monty Python at the Hollywood Bowl" contained the line "Schopenhauer and Hegel" but on the album version it was "Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel"

And now for something CompletelyDifferent: WhatHaveTheRomansEverDoneForUs?

See also: TheParrotSketch, YorkshiremanSketch.

OH MY GAWD! ALL of this stuff is OffTopic!!

Quick, MOVE IT TO THE ADJUNCT, before someone CLICKS ON IT and thinks it's a DesignPattern!!


Awwe, nobody moved this one to TheAdjunct yet. Whaddaya chicken? Bwack buc buc buc Chiiicckkeen!!

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