A comedy group with a special kind of humor
“I’m sorry to have kept you waiting, but I’m afraid my walk has become rather sillier recently.”; “I fart in your general generation! Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!” or “Now you listen here! He’s not a Messiah. He’s a very naughty boy!”
Quotes like this are normal for the British comedy group called Monty Python. Founded in the 60th it existed of total of 6 members:
- John Cleese (Front in the middle)
- Terry Gilliam (Back right)
- Eric Idle (In the middle)
- Terry Jones (Left in the front)
- Michael Palin (Right in the front)
- Graham Chapman (Back left)
The group was famous for a complete new kind of humor, which is also in the name of the group, so “pythonesk”. The TV series “Monty Python Flying Circus” revolutionized the world of the humor.
Comedians like Russell Brand say, that this TV Series was for him a kind of inspiration and not only for him. The mixture of exceedingly unusual, often absurd black humor with a deeper meaning is very typical for them.
In 1975 the first movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” appeared and four years laterthe probably most argumentative film of the group Monty Python: “The life of Brian”.
It tells the story of Brian Cohen (played by Chapman), a young Jewish man who is born on the same day as, Jesus Christ, and what a coincidence lives even next door to Jesus. So subsequently he is mistaken for the Messiah. Some people said, that the film is a “hideous and revolting attack on religious feelings”, It is an “act of the blasphemy” and every person watching the film commits a sin.
When 37 years ago “The life of Brian” celebrated its premiere in New York, the emotions of some Christian and Jewish groups cooked. But this criticism even made this film even more interesting for the other visitors in the cinemas and the international success of this film grew even more “Life of Brian” was the most successful film ever for the group.
When Graham Chapman died in 1989 of cancer, the main group members assembled in the memorial service; Cleese and Palin made much-noticed speeches, and everybody sang together the song “Always look on the Bright Side of Life” which was also was played during Brian, when he was dying on the cross.
Another example for the really different kind of humor of Monty Python.But the group did not sing the song as a joke at the funeral of Chapman. On the contrary it was a sign of deeply respect for Chapman, the main founder respect for his work and also for his life.
After this the group split, but 2014 the remaining members celebrated a comeback in the Show “Mostly”, which was also visited by Mike Myers or even Stephen Hawking who was also active in a sketch of Monty Python.
The last show shown on the 20th of July, 2014 was broad casted world wide into well-chosen cinemas and by live stream on the Internet. And also if the group Monty Python is not active, in the meantime anymore, the in heritance and what this group leaves are more than knowingly. Since this group broke the chains and the frames of the present humor. It opened a new path and a new style in humor, in where the successive artists could continue to play their creativity out and so the heart of Monty Python will never stops beating.
by Dominik Daniel