And Now for Something Completely Different! (was: Monty Python (was: Freeware Python editor))
Steven D. Majewski
sdm7g at Virginia.EDU
Fri Nov 2 20:07:36 CET 2001
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.
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 Marx Brothers
Abbott and Costello ( "Who's on First":
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 Coen Brothers
George Bush (What other country has such a dedication to Humor!)
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