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Old Jul 31, 2005, 12:14 AM   #1
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Default Forebears a must for Python fans

Forebears a must for Python fans

By Terry Lawson

Knight Ridder Newspapers

Fri, Jul. 29, 2005

Some like to imagine that Monty Python's Flying Circus emerged, Hydra-like, and comically raging against the empire.

In fact, there were a number of antecedents for one of the three great comedy troupes of the era - the others being the original Not Ready for Prime Time Players of "Saturday Night Live" and the Canadian company of Second City.

This can now be verified with the stateside DVD release of "At Last: The 1948 Show", broadcast on the BBC in 1967, and the following year's "Do Not Adjust Your Set", Tango, $29.98).

The former featured a pre-Python Graham Chapman and John Cleese in slightly surreal and absurd skits influenced by British radio's "The Goon Show" (with Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers) and "A Hard Day's Night's" rendition of The Beatles as a rock 'n' roll Marx Brothers. Featured performers also included comedy writer Marty Feldman finally getting his bug-eyed bit on camera.

The follow-up was more like a warm-up for Python, ostensibly a children's show in which Cleese was joined by Eric Idle, who guested on "1948," Terry Jones and Michael Palin, in skits that were even more satirical and topical than the "1948" material. Watch for musical interludes from the Bonzo Dog Band, a sort of vaudeville-meets-dada review.
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Wow! Thanks for the info about those! I hadn't previously known of them... Hmm... that's a really good idea for what to get the younger brother for his b-day (Nov 30) and Xmas. He's a die-hard Python fan, and these would both be perfect! Thanks for posting this!
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