Amid all the insanity this week, the saddest news to me is the passing of Terry Jones.
I discovered Monty Python when I was in high school. This was before the television show but I had all their record albums. One of favorites was Eric the Half a Bee:
Another favorite was An Elk:
By the time I got to Carleton, the television show was airing on Sunday nights and I was a founding member of the 4th Burton Penguin Society:
We got together every Sunday night to watch the show and drink Fosters (do not ask me why we thought we needed to drink Australian beer while watching an English comedy show – I don’t remember at all). All of us in the “club” had a small ceramic penguin; I still have mine and keep in my studio
When Monty Python and the Holy Grail came out, I laughed until I cried and went back to the theatre three times in the next couple of weeks. I have it on DVD but it loses a bit on the small screen, especially the moose credits at the beginning. YA doesn’t even begin to understand the appeal of Monty Python. But I loved the irreverence, the silliness, the fun graphics and the craziness of some of the sketches. This was a great team. It was sad to lose Graham Chapman too soon and now Terry Jones. I gave all the record albums to tim last year because I didn’t have a turntable anymore, but I am enjoying the tv shows that are running these days and, of course, you can find a lot of it on youtube, but it’s not quite the same as crowding around a small black and white tv set in a dorm room on 4th Burton, seeing them for the first time.
Who has made you laugh over the years?