And Now for Something Completely Different! (was: Monty Python (was: Freeware Python editor))
tim at vegeta.ath.cx
Fri Nov 2 21:34:26 CET 2001
Me parece que Steven D. Majewski <sdm7g at Virginia.EDU> dijo:
> On Thu, 1 Nov 2001, Tim Hammerquist wrote:
> > You mean "the humour is lost on _some of_ us Americans," right?
> > Of course, I had a non-standard American growth in which I was exposed
> > to many things British, including but not
> > limited to:
> > Dr. Who (mainly Tom Baker) (recorded).
> > Red Dward (1st season, carrier did not renew) (recorded).
> > Monty Python's Flying Circus and any of the movies I could find.
> > How to Irritate People (John Cleese et al.; not "officially" Monty
> > Python). (purchased)
> > ...et cetera.
> > Peter Cushing horror movies. ;)
> > Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising sequence including dialects from
> > Cornwall and Wales.
> > A great many movies and series taking place in Yorkshire, probably
> > responsible for my ability to understand more dialects than
> > usual. :)
> > Neil Gaiman novels. :)
> > Far too many others to count.
> You're missing one important link that is well represented in the
> python-list archives: The Goon Show -- with Spike Milligan and
> Peter Sellars. The Goon Show was a BBC radio show that was the
> inspiration for Monty Python.
Yup. Missed that one. Not many networks carry PBS-type show over here
in the western states at, much less BBC radio shows. :(
> Spike Milligan beat out John Cleese for 1st place in the BBC's
> millenium poll of the top 10 funniest people:
Never heard the man, but John Cleese isn't even my favorite. Michael
Palin's my fave from the Flying Circus, et al.
[ snippage ]
> > Many foreigners call America's culture (or lack thereof) bland. Well,
> > from this American's perspective, they tend to be correct.
"Tend to be," while it is general, has two distinguishing
characteristics: it is not absolute, and it is in the present tense.
I'd like to point out the age of most items on your list.
> Bland American Culture ??? -- how about (while we're on the subject of
> the Firesigh Theatre
> Mad Magazine (the good old years)
Just didn't hit me right. Sorry.
> The Onion
> The Marx Brothers
Obviously modern comedy.
> Abbott and Costello ( "Who's on First":
> <http://www.crosswinds.net/~thedeadballera/AbbotAndCostello.mp3> )
Never liked them. Call me commie.
> Harry Shearer ( "Who's on First" -- (a tradition in American Humor!):
> [Don't blame me if you're not old enough to get this one!])
> the Simpson's
What?! I'll be damned if the Simpson's go down in history as a
representative of American humour.
> Robert Crumb
> the Coen Brothers
> George Bush (What other country has such a dedication to Humor!)
I disagree. I find him to be rather _too_ dry. And I prefer some of
Clinton's older, funnier campaigns myself. And...oh yeah: I'm (mostly)
> .... <just-for-a-start>
> -- Steve
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At night, the ice-weasels come.
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