And Now for Something Completely Different! (was: Monty Python (was: Freeware Python editor))
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Sat Nov 3 18:24:25 CET 2001
"Steven D. Majewski" <sdm7g at Virginia.EDU> wrote in message
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> 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.
And Peter Cook!!!! John Cleese once said something along the lines of, "It
takes me a week to write a 30 minute script; it takes Peter 30 minutes".
> Spike Milligan beat out John Cleese for 1st place in the BBC's
> millenium poll of the top 10 funniest people:
> He has written a lot of books, many of which are out of print -- my
> favorite (besides his children's poems) is "Hitler: My Part in his
> Downfall", which is the first of his series of WWII memoirs.
> ( Which continues with several volumes, including "Mussolini: His Part
> in My Downfall" )
> [ List and description of his books on the "Cardboard and String Spike
> Milligan Home Page" : <http://www.fireflycafe.org/spike/books.html> ]
> A google search will find you lot's of Goon Show pages (including
> the easiest to remember: <http://www.goon.org/> ). And just in time
> for the invasion of Afghanistan, you can download an MP3 of "The Red
> Fort" from Robert Dickson's Goon Show Page:
> ( It's the "show of the week", so hurry! )
> > Many foreigners call America's culture (or lack thereof) bland. Well,
> > from this American's perspective, they tend to be correct.
> Bland American Culture ??? -- how about (while we're on the subject of
> the Firesigh Theatre
> Mad Magazine (the good old years)
> The Onion
> The Marx Brothers
> Abbott and Costello ( "Who's on First":
> <http://www.crosswinds.net/~thedeadballera/AbbotAndCostello.mp3> )
> 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
> Robert Crumb
> the Coen Brothers
> George Bush (What other country has such a dedication to Humor!)
Don't forget Ronnie and Dan Quayle. (I couldn't remember Dan's name, but a
search for 'potatoe' soon revealed it.)
> .... <just-for-a-start>
> -- Steve
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