Palin also provides the match television commentary. Monty Python Dead Parrot We have no idea whether the complainant in this lawsuit has any idea why the rest of us are snickering, but a real-life lawsuit echoed one of Monty Python’s best sketches. The Spanish Inquisition. The American A&E Network used this release as the basis of their DVD releases of the same material, with the first episode being included on Monty Python Live and the second episode included on The Life of Python. Augustine of Hippo (Algeria) "The Funniest Joke in the World" is a Monty Python comedy sketch. Sketches from Monty Python's Flying Circus were introduced to American audiences in August 1972, with the release of the Python film And Now for Something Completely Different, featuring sketches from series 1 and 2 of the television show. Pages of everything you’ll ever need to know about Monty Python and their movies, TV shows, books, live stage shows, apps and latest projects, as well as exclusive videos, news and a Fanwall where all your #montypython content will live. Can we use yours? Match supporters included sociologist and BBC Radio 4's Thinking Allowed presenter Laurie Taylor, the BBC's John Humphrys, and educationalist and author Anthony Seldon.[4]. The footage opens with the banner headline "International Philosophy", and Palin providing the narrative. [2] Director: Ian MacNaughton | Stars: Steve Martin , Graham Chapman , John Cleese , Terry Gilliam Votes: 1,400 Ernest Scribbler, a British "writer of jokes", writes the joke on a piece of paper only to die laughing. Both Alfred Biolek and Thomas Woitkewitsch are featured in guest roles, while the German footballer Franz Beckenbauer makes an appearance in The Philosophers' Football Match skit. Jones recalls that this posed a considerable challenge to the troupe; he also mentions that because of the rigorous repetition required in production, he was still able to recite the German version of "The Lumberjack Song" over forty years later. Despite the coaching and re-iterative translation efforts, the Pythons' accents remained rather strong, and according to Woitkewitsch the overall pacing was off. The second special (which they performed in English) was referred to in … According to producer Biolek, the Pythons were initially somewhat reluctant to the idea of going to Germany to produce comedy for a German audience. Original U.K. Broadcast Date: 5 October 1989 (BBC) Original U.S. Broadcast Date: 17 March 1990 (Showtime) Presented by Steve Martin, this anthology of some of the group's best bits from "Flying Circus" and "Fliegender Zirkus" … In fact, the visit, and the resulting two shows "can be viewed as a considered attempt to broaden the stereotypical picture of Germans" by the Pythons. "[2] During their visit to Germany, the Pythons attended the Oktoberfest and Olympiastadion in Munich, and also visited nearby Dachau concentration camp. The episode also featured Terry Gilliam taking more acting roles than before. This 1972 release met with limited box office success. [2] While these language issues may have contributed to the first show's weak critical reception, Woitkewitsch suggests that they also lent it a "secret charm". But that doesn’t take away from this at all. [6] The Stake Your Claim sketch was included on the English language record Another Monty Python Record. The lumberjack song is also great. On the other hand, the ARD version also features two sequences missing from the DVD version: 'Schwimmkurs mit Arthur Lustgarten' (Swimming Course with Arthur Lustgarten) and 'Eine wichtige Information für Raucher' (An Important Information for Smokers). Whenever anyone says, you know, the Germans have no sense of humour, say no, hang on, hang on, they got Monty Python before a lot of other countries. Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus was produced by Biolek and translator Thomas Woitkewitsch in co-production with Westdeutscher Rundfunk. While visiting the UK in the early 1970s, German entertainer and TV producer Alfred Biolek became aware of the Pythons and, excited by their innovative and absurd sketches, invited them to Germany in 1971 to write a special German episode of their Flying Circus show and to act in them. The first show received mixed reviews. Arguably the most famous, most readily quoted, Python sketch, this was inspired by Michael Palin’s trip to a mechanic who refused to accept there was a … Monty Python’s Flying Circus”, a BBC comedy series starring Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin with animation by Terry Gilliam, made its debut on BBC1 on October 5, 1969. Also, in the ARD version, Eric Idle's 'I Want A Hearing Aid' sketch has been moved to the end of the episode. His mother also immediately dies laughing after reading it, as do the first constables on the scene. [4] However, translating humour within this transnational production—especially when based on idioms—was a general challenge, as Palin recalls. "Colin 'Bomber' Harris vs Colin 'Bomber' Harris" and "I Want a Hearing Aid" were both originally performed on At Last the 1948 Show, which predated Monty Python. Thomas Aquinas (Italy), Inspired by the famous Monty Python sketch, and with the full backing of the surviving Pythons, a tribute/replay of The Philosophers' Football Match was held in North London, at Wingate & Finchley's Harry Abrahams Stadium, Finchley on 9 May 2010. [2] Biolek arranged to meet with the Pythons in the BBC's bar in London to convince them "with many arguments and even more gin tonics"[1] to come to Germany for a brief visit. Cheeky” on-screen – the name was given after the fact – but it … The first episode was written in English, and then translated by Woitkewitsch. Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, ... Series of new sketches performed by the Monty Python team, linking programmes to celebrate their 30th Anniversary. [1] Franz Beckenbauer, the sole genuine footballer on the pitch and a "surprise inclusion" in the German team, is left more than a little confused. There were 4 seasons in total and the program's sketches are now considered to be iconic by many fans. It’s probably the most under-appreciated of all Monty Python sketches due mostly to the fact that it appeared in one of the post-John Cleese episodes. Season 1, Episode 1: “Whither Canada?” This lengthy bit comes from Flying Circus’ … Confucius is the referee and keeps times with an hourglass. Sometimes it helps to resort to nonsense to get through a tough situation. 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Supporting the main referee Confucius as linesmen were St Augustine and St Thomas Aquinas who were Roman African and Italian respectively. Despite being set in the Olympiastadion, the sketch was instead filmed in Munich's Grünwalder Stadion. Only "The Lumberjack Song" was translated from the its original appearance on Monty Python's Flying Circus (Series 1, Episode 9), although "Ten Seconds of Sex" from the second show also appeared in Series 3, Episode 9 of Flying Circus around the same time. Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus (Monty Python's Flying Circus) are a pair of 45-minute Monty Python German television comedy specials produced by WDR for West German television. The first special (which the Pythons performed in German) has also been called "Monty Python in Deutschland". Running Time: 0:58. Eric Idle has described the conception of the specials as "The Germans came to us and said 'Look, we haven't got a sense of humour, but we understand you do. "International Philosophy", commonly referred to as the Philosophers' Football Match, is a Monty Python sketch depicting a football match in the Munich Olympiastadion between philosophers representing Greece and Germany. In Germany, we … The sketch … [2] During their visit, the troupe wanted to get a better understanding of German culture and humour. Two parts Monty Python German television comedy specials. Producer Biolek recalls that "This [the first show] was an absolute flop, it cannot be stated differently, as well as in terms of viewership and especially in terms of reviews." The Greek players, mostly with long grey beards and hair, play in togas, while the Germans sport a variety of period dress including Victorian frock coats and breeches. The Python phenomenon developed from the television series into something larger in scope and impact, including touring stage shows, films, albums, books and musicals. Starring in the sketch are Archimedes (John Cleese), Socrates (Eric Idle), Hegel (Graham Chapman), Nietzsche (Michael Palin), Marx (Terry Jones), and Kant (Terry Gilliam). Sketches from Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969). Assistant referees: [9], Guerilla Films released both episodes on a single VHS tape in 1998, available in either PAL or NTSC format. The "Flashers' Love Story" animated segment was also used. The Pythons' anarchy and … The old jokes are the best: Famous Monty Python Black Knight sketch is found depicted in text from 1400. Let’s start with a quick recap to get any of our younger readers, unfamiliar with the reference, up to speed. [2] The Pythons' visit to Germany in 1971 coincided with the widely celebrated 500th birthday of painter Albrecht Dürer, and the group's second visit with the highly anticipated 1972 Summer Olympics. The footage opens with the banner headline … "Nudge Nudge" is a sketch from the third Monty Python's Flying Circus episode, "How to Recognise Different Types of Trees From Quite a Long Way Away." Mr. Cheeky. My absolutely favourite scene is the 100 meter final of the men without any sense of direction. "International Philosophy", commonly referred to as the Philosophers' Football Match, is a Monty Python sketch depicting a football match in the Munich Olympiastadion between philosophers representing Greece and Germany. [8] The ARD version of the second episode trims some shots, mostly from 'The Tale of Happy Valley' sketch. Episode 1 is featured in German language only; Episode 2 has German and English audio (with previously cut scenes being in English with German subtitles). The replay proves that, according to the offside rule, Socrates was indeed offside, but the sketch, nevertheless, states that the Greeks have won. Opinion surveys taken after the episode was broadcast revealed that 8% of the audience found the show to be very good, 15% found it to be very bad, and 43% found it to be good. It also appears in And Now for Something Completely Different and the 1981 concert film Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl. Perhaps! Edited versions of the "Little Red Riding Hood" and "Silly Olympics" sketches were dubbed into English for use in the Python stage shows. The German DVD label Pidax has released the German DVD of the series in 2018. British Library curators told Radio 4's Moving Pictures they discovered the joke ", takes the first kick of the ball and rushes towards the German goal. "[7] Biolek retrospectively believes that the German audience was not ready for Pythonesque humour, since it was more used to more traditional sketch comedy, by comedians such as Rudi Carrell and Heinz Erhardt. This book has not been translated into English as of 2007. Confucius replies, "Name go in book". … As of April 2018, both episodes are available for streaming on Netflix.[10]. [2] It originally featured in the second Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus episode broadcast on 18 December 1972 and was regularly screened at the group's live shows, including Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982)[3] and Monty Python Live (Mostly) (2014). Several behind-the-scenes photos from the specials' production were published in the group's autobiography,[5] some of which were from sketches cut from the specials: Colin "Bomber" Harris vs Colin "Bomber" Harris, "Man musste den Monty Python überzeugen, mitzumachen", "Comparison of the ARD and the DVD version of Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus, Episode 1", "Comparison of the ARD and the DVD version of Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus, Episode 2", "Monty Python back catalogue is streaming on Netflix now", And Now for Something Completely Different, Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy), I Bet You They Won't Play This Song on the Radio, The Complete and Utter History of Britain, Bert Fegg's Nasty Book for Boys and Girls, The Hastily Cobbled Together for a Fast Buck Album, A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Monty_Python%27s_Fliegender_Zirkus&oldid=977311331, Pages using infobox television with unknown empty parameters, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, An Introduction to Monty Python By Frau Newsreader Claudia Doren, The Lumberjack Song with The Austrian Border Police, The Tale of Happy Valley (The Princess with The Wooden Teeth). Both events had an obvious impact on the material created by the Pythons for their first episode, including the Silly Olympics skit, and the Anita Ekberg Sings Albrecht Dürer skit, thus situating their style of humour in a local cultural context. Specifically, it stood out to him that they were both good comedians and good actors—a combination that Biolek rarely saw in the German comedy scene at the time. [2], Biolek attributes the production of the second show to Westdeutscher Rundfunk's general progressive stance towards entertainment production at the time, and specifically to the support of the head of the entertainment sector, Hannes Hoff. [2], The second episode was recorded in English due to aforementioned issues with the German accents and timing of some of the members; only John Cleese and Palin delivered their lines in German well enough to be easily understood by native speakers. [4], Since none of the Pythons spoke German sufficiently, Woitkewitsch needed to provide them with phonetic transcriptions of the skits, which they then needed to learn by heart. Both episodes have been shown on the Paramount Comedy Channel in the UK and on PBS in the US in 2007. Monty Python have such a great nonsensical humour. As the sketch closes, the Germans dispute the call, as the match commentator says: "Hegel is arguing that the reality is merely an a priori adjunct of non-naturalistic ethics, Kant via the categorical imperative is holding that ontologically it exists only in the imagination, and Marx is claiming it was offside." Monty Python’s Flying Circus”, a BBC comedy series starring Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin with animation by Terry Gilliam, made its debut on BBC1 on October 5, 1969. Monty Python's best comedy sketches as funnyman Terry Jones dies aged 77 Monty Python star Terry Jones has died at the age of 77 after battling with dementia mirror Opinion surveys taken after the episode was broadcast revealed that 8% of the audience found the show to be very good, 15% found it to be very bad, and 43% found it to be good. Despite mixed audience reception, a second episode was produced in 1972. As play begins, the philosophers break from their proper football positions only to walk around on the pitch as if deeply pondering, and in some cases declaiming their theories. Alfred Biolek, a forward looking man, did a great job by inviting them. "Silly Olympics" (minus the relay for the deaf part) and "The Philosophers' Football Match" were also used in the 2014 reunion shows at London's O2 arena. [4], Philosophers A. C. Grayling and former England Manager Graham Taylor had been appointed as managers for the event, and players included comedians Mark Steel, Tony Hawks, Arthur Smith, and Ariane Sherine, as well as philosophers Julian Baggini, Nigel Warburton, Simon Glendinning, Stephen Law, Angie Hobbs, and Mark Vernon, plus other academics from universities nationwide. As a bonus, Chapman who drank up to 2 quarts of gin a day at this point, was possibly quite drunk when it … First appearing in the second season of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, “The … A sketch involving a flute player (Graham Chapman) in front of a German sign. Eventually the joke is contained, weaponized, and deployed against Germany during World War II. The Pythons agreed to visit Biolek in Munich in order to explore options for possible material, but did not want to commit at this point. [4] Michael Palin also noted that "All I know is that it reversed all one's prejudices. The two episodes were respectively first broadcast in January and December 1972 and were shot entirely on film and mostly on location in Bavaria, with the first episode recorded in German and the second recorded in English and then dubbed into German. Live from the Hollywood Bowl sketch from Monty Python - Communist quiz featuring Marx, Lenin, Che, Mao. Producers: Charles Brand, Anne James. Monty Python, Shakespeare and English Renaissance Drama. There were 4 series in total and the programmes’ now-iconic sketches included: “Bicycle Repairman”, “Nudge Nudge”, “Parrot Sketch”, “Upper Class Twit of the Year”, “Ministry of Silly … Several new sketches were written specifically for this show, including "William Tell", "Little Red Riding Hood," and "The Merchant of Venice" as performed by a herd of cows. The ARD version of the first episode is missing the 6-minute "Bavarian Restaurant" sketch. He isn’t identified as “Mr. Despite the sketch, Wittgenstein was in fact Austrian and not German. After several passes through a perplexed German defence, Socrates scores the only goal of the match in a diving header off a cross from Archimedes. In some cases the episode was broadcast with German subtitles.[5]. Marx soon races onto the field to substitute Ludwig Wittgenstein, his energy appearing as an obvious game-changer. The other Python performers all had very thick accents (particularly Jones), making them difficult to understand. The German TV-exclusive sketches of Episode 2, 'Schwimmkurs mit Arthur Lustgarten' and 'Eine wichtige Information für Raucher' are contained as separate bonus features; also, the German TV cut of 'The Tale of Happy Valley' sketch is available as a bonus feature. Sometimes, it can be a difficult situation, trying to, well, explain, um, certain things...without being indecisive. Upon the referee's restart, Marx simply pulls up and starts meandering in deep thought like the rest. Footage of the "Silly Olympics," "Little Red Riding Hood," "Flashers' Love Story," and "The Philosophers' Football Match" sketches from these German specials was regularly used to fill time between live stage performances,[2] as seen in Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (the former two re-dubbed in English). Yes! “Dead Parrot,” Season 1 (1969) Here is the brilliance of Monty Python boiled down into a nutshell. "Nobby" Hegel carries a grey top hat, while Beckenbauer wears the red and white of the 1972 Bayern Munich football strip. The first show received mixed reviews. The Killer Joke. Monty Python were a British surreal comedy troupe who created the sketch comedy television show Monty Python's Flying Circus, which first aired on the BBC in 1969.Forty-five episodes were made over four series. The first episode was recorded at the BBC on 7 September and premiered on 5 October 1969 on BBC1, with 45 episodes airing over four series from 1969 to 1974, plus two episodes for German TV. [2] Producer Biolek recalls that "This [the first show] was an absolute flop, it cannot be stated differently, as well as in terms of viewership and especially in terms of reviews. '"[3] Terry Jones recalls Biolek's inquiry as an opportunity "to do silly things in Germany".[2]. Monty Python’s Flying Circus, a BBC comedy series starring Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin, with animation by Terry Gilliam, made its debut on British television on October 5, 1969. No! The second episode was the final television show that Cleese recorded with the group, having already announced his decision to only commit to film and stage productions in future. The "Colin "Bomber" Harris vs Colin "Bomber" Harris" and "Hearing Aid Shop" sketches in the second show had previously featured in At Last the 1948 Show. Monty Python came to Germany to write some sketches for the German and Austrian TV and it became one of the best shows of them ever. With just over a minute of the match remaining Archimedes cries out "Eureka! [7] In fact, the producers did expect early on that especially the older parts of the German audience would not connect with the Pythons' style of humour. (This arrangement resulted in the second episode being omitted from A&E's otherwise-complete 16-DVD box set of Monty Python's Flying Circus.). Both parts of "The Philosophers' Football Match" were included in the Python stage shows. Python has done very, very well in Germany, and the movies do extremely well. Biolek retrospectively believes that the German audience was not ready for Pythonesque humour, since it was more used to m… The Australian DVD company Rainbow Entertainment also released both episodes on one DVD. 40 years ago this week, Monty Python's Flying Circus first aired on UK TV - to the bemused guffaws of a live studio audience. Monty Python’s Flying Circus”, a BBC comedy series starring Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin with animation by Terry Gilliam, made its debut on BBC1 on October 5, 1969. Starring in the sketch are Archimedes, Socrates, Hegel, Nietzsche, Marx, and Kant. [1] Biolek had only seen a few shows, but he was impressed with the concept of the Flying Circus. Palin also provides the match television commentary. St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine (sporting haloes) serve as linesmen. Nietzsche receives a yellow card after claiming that Confucius has no free will. In the second half, with nothing being accomplished on the field other than contemplation, Karl Marx is noticed warming up vigorously on the German sidelines. Johann Gambolputty is a sketch that appears in " It's the Arts," the sixth episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus. Parrot Sketch Not Included - 20 Years of Monty Python (1989) "Parrot Sketch Not Included - 20 Years of Monty Python". The first skit of the first episode also features Claudia Doren, then an announcer at the Westdeutscher Rundfunk.[4]. The names of the Greek philosophers in the line-up are displayed in German in the sketch. The premise of the sketch is that the joke is so funny that anyone who reads or hears it promptly dies from laughter. A version of the "Sir Edward Ross" sketch, An alternate ending to the first special, in which two stage hands are carrying a giant sign that says, This page was last edited on 8 September 2020, at 04:03. [6] An abridged version of "The Tale of Happy Valley" was recorded for the English language record Monty Python's Previous Record. [4], This tongue-in-cheek re-staging—on a real London pitch—of the original sketch, was the idea of The Philosophy Shop, a specialist provider of education and training for primary school children. 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