“Well, we’ll not risk another frontal assault. That rabbit’s dynamite.
— Graham Chapman as King Arthur in ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail‘
By way-far, Monty Python was (and still is) the most original, outlandish and side-busting funniest group of twits ever to light up an entertainment venue.
One of the most hilarious, and profound, bits was from the group’s UK TV show, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, which ran from 1969 to 1974, where Eric Idle made an edict from the government that in order to save precious land in Britain, people will no longer be buried whole, but instead family members would eat their dead and then vomit into small holes.
The announcement so upset the studio audience, they booed and screamed, and eventually stormed the stage and destroyed the set.
I couldn’t find any reference for this particular sketch, although I do most-distinctly remember seeing it some time in the mid 1970s via PBS’ showing of the Python series — the closest is the renown ‘The Undertaker‘ skit, which also included the studio audience storming the stage.
Monty Python was adapt at jabbing authority itself, sometimes twisting an already twisted reality to fit an imagined take on different people, places and things — crazy, and seemingly as random as sniper fire.
(Illustration found here).
Monty Python — Graham Chapam, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones — has been disbanded for a long while, although the group’s impact on humor the last couple of decades has been profound.
And although Chapman died of cancer in 1989, there’s a film afloat to bring back the king.
From UK’s The Guardian:
Now Graham Chapman, Monty Python mainstay and title star of Life of Brian, is set to rise again in a 3D animated biopic.
Adapted from the actor’s 1980 memoir A Liar’s Autobiography: Volume VI, the film will blend contributions from the surviving Pythons with audio of Chapman reading from his book, recorded shortly before his death from cancer in October 1989.
According to the New York Times, the picture is the brainchild of producers Ben Tremlett, Jeff Simpson and Bill Jones, the son of former Python Terry Jones.
It is set for a theatrical release in the UK next spring.
In keeping with the skittish, mercurial tone of Chapman’s autobiography, the film version will be assembled from a range of contrasting cartoon segments, produced independently by 15 different animation houses. John Cleese is expected to play himself, with Palin co-starring as Chapman’s father and Jones mimicking the late comic’s mother.
Of the surviving members of the Python team, only Eric Idle has yet to sign up.
“We would only do a [Monty Python] reunion if Chapman came back from the dead,” Idle once told an interviewer. “So we’re negotiating with his agent.”
Now, that would be something completely different.