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(1,649 posts)
Tue Apr 13, 2021, 06:33 PM Apr 2021

How To Explain Monty Python. . .

To a young person who has never heard of them before?

After you have finished bemoaning what the world is coming to and feeling very old, where do you start the process?

I chose "The Spanish Inquisition" and gave the example of the comfy chair.

I also listed a few of their movies. Life of Brian strikes me as an excellent starting place, because Christianity's broad sway gives a point of reference for most viewers. Holy Grail should be fairly accessible, but someone completely unaware of Monty Python may not have heard of King Arthur.

What do you think?

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How To Explain Monty Python. . . (Original Post) Collimator Apr 2021 OP
Can Monty Python be explained? I think you have to experience it. Arkansas Granny Apr 2021 #1
+1 happybird Apr 2021 #3
NOBODY expects an explanation for Monty Python nt Shermann Apr 2021 #9
NOBODY! Arkansas Granny Apr 2021 #16
I'm Following The Gourd! leftieNanner Apr 2021 #2
Blessed are the cheese makers Walleye Apr 2021 #6
Oh, SHUT UP, Big Nose!!!! MyOwnPeace Apr 2021 #11
"Yes! We are all individuals!' Iggo Apr 2021 #29
there is no explanation... markie Apr 2021 #4
The Grail is how I first found them, back in middle school happybird Apr 2021 #5
My uncle just told me - OhZone Apr 2021 #7
You don't "explain" Monty Python. You SHOW them Monty Python. nt Binkie The Clown Apr 2021 #8
This. n/t ms liberty Apr 2021 #12
The funniest bits, IMO, are the short sketches - The Dead Parrot, Ocelot II Apr 2021 #10
Absurd sketches were SO good.......... MyOwnPeace Apr 2021 #13
Absurd Humor Collimator Apr 2021 #26
Is this the European Monty Python or the African Monty Python? cinematicdiversions Apr 2021 #14
I'd start with The Ministry of Silly Walks Shermann Apr 2021 #15
The ornate christmas ornament/hand grenade is an easy starter empedocles Apr 2021 #17
Their comic genius must be absorbed over time. CentralMass Apr 2021 #18
I saw all the reruns of their weekly tv show but my favorite movie is The Meaning Of Life. abqtommy Apr 2021 #19
"Every Sperm is Sacred" Collimator Apr 2021 #20
Well there's three things we can do with your mum OriginalGeek Apr 2021 #21
I dunno. Maybe you had to be there, all those years ago. Paladin Apr 2021 #22
A few more skits to start with Leith Apr 2021 #23
My nipples explode with delight. Ocelot II Apr 2021 #27
Monty Python isn't explainable, it just is. myccrider Apr 2021 #24
The Upper Class Twit of the Year! murpheeslaw Apr 2021 #25
The opening of MyOwnPeace Apr 2021 #28


(15,281 posts)
2. I'm Following The Gourd!
Tue Apr 13, 2021, 06:37 PM
Apr 2021

I'm Following The Sandal!

Life of Brian is one of my favorites.

I don't know if you can explain Monty Python, because you can't really ever explain a joke.


(22,761 posts)
4. there is no explanation...
Tue Apr 13, 2021, 06:40 PM
Apr 2021

must be experienced.... over and over and over and.............

Life of Brian is best!


(4,813 posts)
5. The Grail is how I first found them, back in middle school
Tue Apr 13, 2021, 06:47 PM
Apr 2021

It’s so sublimely silly, I think it would accessible even to one unfamiliar with King Arthur.

Ocelot II

(116,664 posts)
10. The funniest bits, IMO, are the short sketches - The Dead Parrot,
Tue Apr 13, 2021, 07:20 PM
Apr 2021
the Hungarian Phrasebook,
the Spanish Inquisition, https://www.dailymotion.com/video/xsefeg and the three-part science fiction sketch where everybody in England turns into Scots and ends with the Scotsman Angus Podgorny playing tennis with a blancmange.


(1,649 posts)
26. Absurd Humor
Thu Apr 15, 2021, 03:51 PM
Apr 2021

has helped me survive learning about some obscene history. I would be utterly defeated by now if not for the coping therapy of the absurd.


(7,701 posts)
15. I'd start with The Ministry of Silly Walks
Tue Apr 13, 2021, 07:36 PM
Apr 2021

If somebody doesn't laugh at that, there's no need forward aerial half-turning any further.


(1,649 posts)
20. "Every Sperm is Sacred"
Wed Apr 14, 2021, 11:05 AM
Apr 2021

This should be sung, (ironically, of course), during clashing protests with Anti-Reproduction Rights advocates. It will raise morale for the Pro-Reproduction Rights crowd, and confuse and possibly dismay the opposing side.


(7,831 posts)
23. A few more skits to start with
Wed Apr 14, 2021, 07:00 PM
Apr 2021

Argument Clinic
Dead Parrot Sketch
4 Yorkshiremen
The Lumberjack Song
Spam Spam Spam

The young person will be saying "oh, intercourse the penguin!" in no time.


(484 posts)
24. Monty Python isn't explainable, it just is.
Wed Apr 14, 2021, 08:11 PM
Apr 2021

You might show them some of the skits first. Otherwise Brian would be my first pick, too. Don’t explain, surprise them.

This is still one of my favorite Monty Python skits.

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