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So much fun. A comprehensive, first-person history of the wildly inventive, side-splitting troupe that changed comedy forever. From the first BBC series to The Meaning of Life, the whole outrageous affair has been documented in detail — by the silly English K...kaniggets, themselves.
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Over thirty years ago, a group of five Englishmen and one wayward American, re-wrote the rules of comedy. Monty Python's Flying Circus, an unheralded, previously unseen and practically unprogrammed half hour of sketches, hilarities, inanities and animations first appeared on the BBC late one night in 1969. Its impact on the world has been felt ever since.

From its humble beginnings as late night entertainment on a British TV channel that went off the air before midnight, it blossomed into arguably the most influential movement in modern comedy. They found the Holy Grail, they detailed the life of the Savior-also-ran Brian, and when we were lost, they explained The Meaning of Life.

Now, those purveyors of dead parrots and silly walks are going to tell us something more: Their story. In their own, intimate, never before heard words.

The Pythons by The Pythons is the definitive word on all things Pythonesque (the only word invented by a modern comedian which is listed in the Oxford English Dictionary.) 30 years of insight, hindsight, and bad sight - now told for the first time. Stuff they're never remembered before alongside stories they'd forgotten to say, coupled with things they couldn't say then and even more things they can't pronounce now (with a healthy dollop of things they would never have said in the first place if any others had been in the room at the time.)

The Pythons by The Pythons is a unique look at arguably the most important comic team of the modern age, lavishly illustrated with 1000 photographs and illustrations, many culled from the teams' own personal collections, many seen here for the first time. A tome, a tombstone, the definitive word on all things Python, as told by all things Python - do you want Spam with that?

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"Fabulously big and revelatory...a coffee-table book that comes with its own caffeine. (Grade: A)" Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly

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"The layout of pictures and text is un-Pythonly restrained...and the oral history purveyed is genuinely fascinating, so that this is no mere browser's delight but a readable book." Booklist

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"By book's end, readers will feel they know each Python intimately and marvel that six such different personalities could collaborate to produce such hilarious, scathingly subversive comedy." Publishers Weekly

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"Plenty of the anecdotes here have been told before, but the Pythons are such entertaining talkers that it doesn't really matter. And the book comes loaded with a thousand photographs..." David Kelly, The New York Times Book Review

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"[C]onsistently absorbing. The principals have obviously told their story too many times to bother with concealment, and are disarmingly frank about their frequent disagreements and rows." The New Yorker

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A unique glimpse at arguably the most important comic team of the modern age

Synopsis:

For the first time all surviving Pythons have agreed to create the definitive, official, "completely-different-than-anything-done-before" audiobook on the Monty Python's Flying Circus and the 'genius' who created it.

Over thirty years ago a group of five Englishmen and one wayward American rewrote the rules of comedy. Monty Python's Flying Circus, an unheralded half-hour of sketches, hilarities, inanities, and animations first appeared on the BBC late one night in 1969. Its impact on the world has been felt ever since. This audio edition is a complilation of unique never-before-heard interviews with the Python team conducted by Bob McCabe while he researched the Python book, plus clips from the famous Monty Python sketches, including "The Parrot Sketch", "Nudge, Nudge, Wink Wink", "Spam" and the "Ministry of Silly Walks." Narration will be by Bob McCabe with Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin, and featuring, Eric Idle, John Cleese and Terry Jones.

Here is a unique glimpse at arguably the most important comic team of the modern age. Do you want Spam with that?

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 353) and index.

About the Author

Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin, were all lifelong (so far) members of Monty Python.

Bob McCabe is a writer.

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crowyhead, August 29, 2006 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This is sort of like "The Python Anthology." The remaining members of Monty Python, as well as Graham Chapman's brother, sister-in-law, and longtime partner David Sherlock, tell the history of Monty Python in their own words. There are a lot of contradictions; no one can seem to remember who actually picked "The Liberty Bell March" as the theme, for example, and some things have become so legendary that one gets the feeling that everyone is telling the version that makes the best story (case in point: everyone loves to tell the story that Graham Chapman invited his fiancee to the party where he announced he was gay, but according to David Sherlock, she wasn't actually his fiancee anymore at that point. What's true? Who knows.) You get to learn a lot about their personalities and their working relationships, which is always interesting, even if it means finding out that John Cleese is kind of a git. Good stuff for fans of Monty Python, probably utterly boring for anyone else (although there's lots of great pictures of Terry Gilliam's cartoon work).
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312311445
Author:
Graham Chapman and John Cleese and Terry Gilliam and Eric Idle and Michael Palin and Bob McCabe
Publisher:
Thomas Dunne Books
Author:
Palin, Michael
Author:
Jones, Terry
Author:
Chapman, Graham
Author:
McCabe, Bob
Author:
Cleese, John
Author:
Gilliam, Terry
Author:
Idle, Eric
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Television - General
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Television - History & Criticism
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Television Personalities
Subject:
Comedy
Subject:
Comedians
Subject:
Monty python (comedy troupe)
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Comedians
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
Subject:
General Humor
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Edition Description:
1st U.S. ed.
Series Volume:
no. 49
Publication Date:
October 7, 2003
Binding:
CD-audio
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 CDs, 2 hours
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
7.06 x 4.4 x 0.82 in

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Product details 368 pages Thomas Dunne Books - English 9780312311445 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

So much fun. A comprehensive, first-person history of the wildly inventive, side-splitting troupe that changed comedy forever. From the first BBC series to The Meaning of Life, the whole outrageous affair has been documented in detail — by the silly English K...kaniggets, themselves.

"Review" by , "Fabulously big and revelatory...a coffee-table book that comes with its own caffeine. (Grade: A)"
"Review" by , "The layout of pictures and text is un-Pythonly restrained...and the oral history purveyed is genuinely fascinating, so that this is no mere browser's delight but a readable book."
"Review" by , "By book's end, readers will feel they know each Python intimately and marvel that six such different personalities could collaborate to produce such hilarious, scathingly subversive comedy."
"Review" by , "Plenty of the anecdotes here have been told before, but the Pythons are such entertaining talkers that it doesn't really matter. And the book comes loaded with a thousand photographs..."
"Review" by , "[C]onsistently absorbing. The principals have obviously told their story too many times to bother with concealment, and are disarmingly frank about their frequent disagreements and rows."
"Synopsis" by ,
A unique glimpse at arguably the most important comic team of the modern age
"Synopsis" by ,
For the first time all surviving Pythons have agreed to create the definitive, official, "completely-different-than-anything-done-before" audiobook on the Monty Python's Flying Circus and the 'genius' who created it.

Over thirty years ago a group of five Englishmen and one wayward American rewrote the rules of comedy. Monty Python's Flying Circus, an unheralded half-hour of sketches, hilarities, inanities, and animations first appeared on the BBC late one night in 1969. Its impact on the world has been felt ever since. This audio edition is a complilation of unique never-before-heard interviews with the Python team conducted by Bob McCabe while he researched the Python book, plus clips from the famous Monty Python sketches, including "The Parrot Sketch", "Nudge, Nudge, Wink Wink", "Spam" and the "Ministry of Silly Walks." Narration will be by Bob McCabe with Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin, and featuring, Eric Idle, John Cleese and Terry Jones.

Here is a unique glimpse at arguably the most important comic team of the modern age. Do you want Spam with that?

"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 353) and index.
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