Monty Python is my favorite comedy act of all time. For those who have never heard of it, Monty Python is a British comedy group consisting of six comedic geniuses — Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. The group is famous for their brand of British humor, rich with non sequiturs, absurdities, and historical iconoclasm. MP is one of the most influential comedy acts of all time. I cannot name any comedy act, solo or group, which have generated as many memorable lines than MP. Knowledgeable people have compared MP’s influence on comedy to the Beatles’ influence on music.
There are, of course, many other successful comedy troupe, but the outstanding thing about Monty Python is that all six members are funny. Like laugh out loud funny. There is not a single unfunny guy in Monty Python, no weak link whatsoever. All six Pythons have impeccable comic timing. I don’t know how they managed to pull it off, let alone produce quality material after quality material consistently for years. I guess when the stars align, they do align ramrod straight (sorry for the mixed metaphor).
I discovered Monty Python when I was a freshman in college. I saw one of them on Jay Leno making Monty Pythonesque jokes (was it John Cleese? I can’t remember). Then I decided to check out “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” from Netflix. Since then, I have seen all their feature films, and most episodes of the TV series that are on DVD. Even today, I would watch a film if any single member of Monty Python is in it, even if the film is panned by critics.
Heck, I am a big enough fan of Monty Python I’ve created a new category for Monty Python, just so I can put up a Monty Python sketch whenever I feel too lazy to update. This is the first one (out of many), the Biggus Dickus scene from Life of Brian:
Michael Palin — the guy that plays the Caesar — is my favorite Python.