Monty Python Speaks: The Complete Oral History of Monty Python, as Told by the Founding Members and a Few of Their Many Friends and Collaborators
Monty Python, the genius comedy troupe from Britain, single-handedly revolutionized sketch comedy and paved the way for everything from Saturday Night Live to Austin Powers. Now, in their official oral history, founding members John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin take readers behind the scenes in this no-holds-barred look at their lives an...more
What binds Python together is a similar sense of humour, a general consensus about what is funny. If you'd written something that appealed to the group sense of humour, that would go right through the group. That's why we worked well as a group, certainly you didn't have to explain what was funny; there really was a unanimity deep down....more
First, I should say that I thought the look into the creative process was interesting, and, in some cases, fascinatng. I was not surprised or disappointed by the disagreements among the members of the group; that is expected in any group endeavor and especially in creative collaborations among those who are looking to push boundaries. what was a little disheartening is tha ...more
I should probably say that I was about 15 when Python began on TV and was soon a devotee, so I have more interest in this than some other people may. I enjoyed reading about the group dynamics, the details of the writing process and the ...more
It’s less of a biography and more of a transcription of a biography or a really long interview. Of course, if you’re not interested in Monty Python, this wouldn’t really be intere ...more
One random side note about my book in particular: it had a printing mishap that I hadn't encountered before. Near the end, the pages went 291, 292, 291, 292, 295, 296, 293 ...more
It's a lot more revealing than I expected it to be. I get a real picture of Graham Chapman. I've searched in vain elsewhere for any account of him that really portrays him as a three-dimensional person. Part of the reason this book is so revealing about him is ...more
This is the first of several history of Python books that I finished, and, most of the information being new, I enjoyed it. If you've listened to the Python Autobiography or read some of the other books about them, you may not have the same opinion.
That said, one of the unique things ...more
Overall the book provides some insights into the group and each member (including Graham Chapman via his peers), though there are parts of the book that can be found from other sources on the Internet.
I can't recommend this to anyone who is ...more
This book is more like an episode of Behin ...more
This style of piecing together a complex story falls short for me. I want more in-depth information and discussion than the interview ...more
There were some parts that dragged, but overall, this was a really interesting read. And it desparately makes me want to rewatch Holy Grail again. Also, huge bonus, I don't feel so bad for finding Meaning of Life so boring I couldn't get past the first 20 minutes ...more