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130,607. They were something completely different. As unexpected as the Spanish Inquisition to the ripping up of the rule book of television comedy, and creating a surreal and very very world of silly walks, dead parrots, fish slapping, cross-dressing lumberjacks, pepper pots, gumbies and a whole host of other sketches. No, we will be saying more. (Television & Film & Comedy) Python at 50: Silly Talks & Holy Grails, BBC 2019
130,609. The peak of their power and that many including John Cleese have called their masterpiece – In 1979 there are on location in Tunisia for The Life of Brian … fun times. (Television & Film & Comedy) ibid.
130,610. Michael is I think probably the funniest really … spells of … a creative genius … he just creates material. (Television & Film & Comedy) ibid.
130,611. The famous titles: designed by the group’s lone American author – Tony Gilliam. (Television & Film & Comedy & Cartoon) ibid.
130,612. ‘We’re not about the allow this sort of smut to be shown on screen. (Television & Film & Comedy & Cartoon) ibid. cartoon of head between legs
130,613. ‘I think I had a mini nervous breakdown … I’ve got to get out. I need space … A great deal of resentment …’ (Television & Film & Comedy) ibid. John Cleese
130,614. Fawlty Towers: they surely deserve some credit. (Television & Film & Comedy) ibid.
130,615. They still got on and worked well together … Monty Python & the Holy Grail. (Television & Film & Comedy) ibid.
130,616. ‘It’s about a search for a Holy Grail which is large creature albit like a dodo with a beak. And people are trying to find this Grail. No. It’s big let down. The whole film is a great anti-climax.’ (Television & Film & Comedy) ibid. Graham Chapman
130,617. ‘Four pints of gin a day.’ (Television & Film & Comedy) ibid. Chapman’s Parkinson interview
130,618. The Life of Brian: The film was banned in countries around the world. (Television & Film & Comedy & Censorship) ibid.
130,619. ‘This is such a tenth rate film.’ (Television & Film & Comedy) ibid. Malcolm Muggeridge, Parkinson
130,620. Their final film: The Meaning of Life … The best of Python and as challenging as ever. (Television & Film & Comedy) ibid.
130,621. The Meaning of Life ends with a visit from the grim reaper. (Television & Film & Comedy) ibid.
130,622. ‘The petty difference were forgotten.’ (Television & Film & Comedy) ibid. Python on Chapman’s illness & death
130,623. We know the rhythm of all those sketches. (Television & Film & Comedy) ibid. Palin
130,624. Lauded and acclaimed. (Television & Film & Comedy) ibid.
132,380. I think being an American is a preexisting condition. Judah Friedlander: America is the Greatest Country in the United States, Netflix 2017
132,381. I like trilogies. That’s why I’m so excited about World War III. The original was a landmark – everyone loved that one. A lot of critics and hardcore fans think the second one was even better that the first. We’ve all been waiting over 70 years for the final chapter in the triology. I wish they just would give it to us already. I think the next one could be the highest grossing of all. I just hope they don’t ruin it with too much merchandising. (Comedy & World War III) ibid.
132,382. Where you from? England at one point in history you used to own the whole world. What happened? And I don’t think you were an evil imperialistic nation, I think you were simply a country that was in search of a better tasting cuisine. I er I think one day your troops wondered over to India, took a lunch break, and were like wow! This curry is just dandy. Let’s take this recipe back to the Queen. And then your generals stepped in and said, no, this is too good, we should surround this nation with our troops and protect this Chicken Tikka Masala recipe. (Comedy & Food & Empire UK & India) ibid.
132,383. We defeated you and took your language and perfected it … David Beckham he lives here. (Comedy & Empire: UK) ibid.
132,384. Welcome to the Number One country. Welcome. Thank you for coming all the way from your little amateur junior [inaudible] culture to an an actual real professional and No 1 country. (Comedy & United States of America & County) ibid.
132,385. All right, Netherlands, how many gun murders a year do you have? Like 3, 4. We have 30,000. And do you know why. Because we’re Number One. Think about it. Why does America have so many more gun murders than the Netherlands? Because our country has superior aim. We’re better Marksmen. (Comedy & United States of America & Netherlands) ibid.
132,386. We’re Number One in Type 2 diabetes. ibid.
132,387. We came to the realisation that living in Canada was punishment enough. (Comedy & Canada) ibid.
132,388. A friend of mine just went to a pro-police brutality rally. The cops beat the shit out of him. Be very careful what protest you go to. (Comedy & Protest) ibid.
132,389. Health care? We don’t need it. We’re Americans … I say everyone gets free health care. Except the insurance companies. (Comedy & Insurance & Health & Health Service) ibid.
132,390. I think if Jesus had been American and had a gun he’d still be alive today. (Comedy & Jesus & Gun) ibid.
132,518. Lenny Henry has just released his memoirs. And he’s chosen not to focus on his glory days but on the early years, learning his trade on the working men’s club circuit, in a world of 70s light entertainment, and 5 years performing with the Black & White Minstrels. (Comedy & Autobiography) Imagine … Lenny Henry, BBC 2019
132,519. In recent years he has reinvented himself as a serious actor and an unspoken champion of diversity. (Comedy & Autobiography) ibid.
132,520. He arrived in 1957 to the smoke and chimneys of Dudley in the West Midlands. (Comedy & Autobiography) ibid.
133,044. Everyone’s mock outrage at him kind of made him bigger and more successful. The Outcast Comic, Sky Arts 2020, Andrew Lawrence
133,045. He’d fall where the edge is and fall off it. ibid.
133,046. Comedians ripped into him and mocked him. ibid.
133,047. He won the approval of Nigel Farage. ibid.
133,048. He’s gone into this real rant mode. ibid. Reginald Hunter
133,584. Laurel & Hardy: Stan Laurel in the early 60s [with puppet] … He lives with his wife Aida in Santa Monica, California. Laurel is retired after leaving show business. For 30 years he and his best pal Oliver Hardy were a team. The world famous comedian has no star complex. (Film & Comedy) Laurel & Hardy: Their Lives & Magic, Sky Arts 2020
133,585. ‘We sure used to have a lot of fun, didn’t we?’ (Film & Comedy) ibid. Laurel to Hardy
133,586. 106 comedies together: Laurel & Hardy are the best known and post popular comedy duo in the world. (Film & Comedy) ibid.
133,587. ‘At last you are using my brain.’ (Film & Comedy & Brain) ibid. Hardy to Laurel
133,588. Whatever Stan does and whatever happens to Ollie, he bears it with a stoic demeanour. (Film & Comedy) ibid.
133,589. They dine together, play golf together and even go fishing. (Film & Comedy) ibid.
133,590. New York harbour: on 16th 1932 Laurel and Oliver leave here for England on a luxury liner. (Film & Comedy) ibid.
133,591. They perfect their unmistakable style of comedy: one of their basic principles of comedy: tit for tat. (Film & Comedy) ibid.
133,592. A lot of back taxes to pay: Stan is seen more frequently at his favourite bar after work. (Film & Comedy) ibid.
133,593. Stan ends up getting married seven times to four women. (Film & Comedy) ibid.
133,594. Laurel & Hardy go on a major twelve-week tour to major US cities. (Film & Comedy) ibid.
133,595. Twentieth Century Fox – Stan and Ollie are finally able to make movies again. (Film & Comedy) ibid.
133,596. Stan and Ollie are unemployed … Theatre instead of movies … They leave New York for England in 1947. (Film & Comedy) ibid.
134,804. ‘He always played at the top of his skill, at the top of his ingenuity, at the top of his personality.’ (Young & Celebrity & Death & Star & Biography & Actor & Film & Comedy) ibid.
134,805. He made just seven films but they immortalised him. (Young & Celebrity & Death & Star & Biography & Actor & Film & Comedy) ibid.
134,806. Belushi was arrogant and quick-tempered, funny and dramatic, insecure and beset by doubt. (Young & Celebrity & Death & Star & Biography & Actor & Film & Comedy) ibid.
134,807. An early death that was inevitable? John Belushi died in 1982 of a mixture of cocaine and heroin. (Young & Celebrity & Death & Star & Biography & Actor & Film & Comedy) ibid.
134,809. ‘Absolutely brilliant parody of Joe Cocker.’ (Young & Celebrity & Death & Star & Biography & Actor & Film & Comedy) ibid. friend
134,810. Saturday Night Live: In four seasons of the show John played well over fifty characters and improvisations. (Young & Celebrity & Death & Star & Biography & Actor & Film & Comedy) ibid.
134,811. Animal House became the most successful comedy of all time. (Young & Celebrity & Death & Star & Biography & Actor & Film & Comedy) ibid.
134,812. For Saturday Night Live he [Belushi] had devised the Blues Brothers – their records sold millions: The Blues Brothers: a musical with crazy car chases. The film cost $27 million … A triumphant return for John. But shooting was overshadowed by Belushi’s alcohol and drug excesses. (Young & Celebrity & Death & Star & Biography & Actor & Film & Comedy & Musicals) ibid.
137,497. For over 50 years he was a constant presence on Britain’s television screens. A reassuring host, the perfect master of ceremonies, the man whose face was so familiar he felt like the nation’s uncle. But he was also one of our finest stand-up comedians, a performer whose love of words and the crafting of a gag made him the most accomplished comic of his generation. (Comedy & Television & Jokes & Laughter) Bob Monkhouse, Master of Laughter, Channel 5 2020
137,498. His was a stellar career that including writing comedy for some of the biggest stars in the world, appearing in movies, starring in radio shows, hosting game shows, but more than anything he was a world-class stand-up comedian. (Comedy & Television & Jokes & Laughter) ibid.
137,499. Jokes were what Bob Monkhouse lived for. He would spend his days writing jokes, his evenings telling jokes … He once worked out he’d written and told well over a million jokes in his career. (Comedy & Television & Jokes & Laughter) ibid.
137,500. Before long, they [with Denis Goodwin] were performing together too. In the early 50s Bob and Denis were in such demand to appear in the top radio shows of the time that they set up their own business: the Monkhouse & Goodwin Agency … In 1962 their partnership ended. (Comedy & Television & Jokes & Laughter) ibid.
137,501. In 1967 he was invited to become host of the biggest entertainment show of the times: The London Palladium Show … That same year Bob learned that ATV had acquired the rights to a hot new game show which had been a huge hit in Germany. The name of the show: The Golden Shot. (Comedy & Television & Jokes & Laughter) ibid.
137,502. To entice Bob back to ATV the company had agreed that after 12 months he could host a new game show that his management had spotted in America: that show was Celebrity Squares. (Comedy & Television & Jokes & Laughter) ibid.
137,988. The London Palladium 1964: Jimmy Tarbuck was a 24 year old kid … he got to tell gags, he got to sing … and got to laugh a lot … a lad from Liverpool. Jimmy Tarbuck: The Laughs Are on Me, Channel 5 2021
137,989. ‘His energy before he got to the microphone was massive, that walk on, that shaking …’ ibid. Les Dennis
137,990. ‘If they don’t like you, they can’t laugh at you.’ ibid. Jimmy Tarbuck