Surreal, sketch based TV comedy series. Two series were produced in 1967 by the commercial company Associated Rediffusion. In style and content, a forerunner of 'Monty Python's Flying ...
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The pre-Monty Python years of the six members of the group. Covers their school and university days, their first individual forays into comedy, how the parts slowly came together and Monty Python's eventual formation.
Fresh-faced young Michael Rimmer worms his way into an opinion poll company and is soon running the place. He uses this as a springboard to get into politics, and in the mini-skirted ... See full summary »
Surreal, sketch based TV comedy series. Two series were produced in 1967 by the commercial company Associated Rediffusion. In style and content, a forerunner of 'Monty Python's Flying Circus', which shared some members of the cast.Written by
In many ways, this television program was an extension of the popular and long-running BBC radio program, "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again." Not only do they share cast (Tim Brooke-Taylor, Jo Kendall, John Cleese) and ties to the Cambridge Footlights, several running gags from ISIRTA show up as jokes here. Most notably, jokes about gibbons and chartered accountants were regularly told on ISIRTA, and both are present in the first episode here. See more »
I've got a ferret sticking up my nose. How it got there I can't tell But now it's there it hurts like hell And what is more it radically affects my sense of smell. I've got a ferret sticking up my nose. I can almost stand the noise But at parties it destroys My hard-earned and carefully cultivated social poise. I've got a ferret sticking up my nose. "Ferrets don't explode," you say But it happened nine times yesterday And I should know for each time I was standing in the way. I've got a ferret ...
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At last, the chance to compare what's left of this show (bringing John Cleese and Graham Chapman together with Tim Brooke-Taylor and Marty Feldman, with 'the lovely' Aimi MacDonald) with the other pre-Python comedy show, Do Not Adjust Your Set.
Five compilation episodes from the 1948 Show are now available on DVD, and although the viewing quality is pretty poor, there are some gems here - the Four Yorkshiremen (done later by Python at the Hollywood Bowl and by Python plus Rowan Atkinson at the Secret Policeman's Ball); the Plain Clothes Policeman (where Cleese, Chapman and Feldman are in unconvincing drag); the Chartered Accountant Dance (Tim Brooke-Taylor in one of the highlights of the set); the Sidney Lockerbys; and much more.
Aimi MacDonald, all set hair and impish smile, soon gets tedious with her introductions and her links; but the comedy sketches stand up well. Not as mad or as silly as DNAYS (which after all was aimed at a younger audience) but just as valuable in seeing where the roots of Python (and The Goodies) came from. The real scene-stealer here though is Marty Feldman (how could he not be with those eyes?) although all four are a lot of fun.
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