Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Monty Python's Personal Best

I've said a few times in the last year that the original (British) version of The Office was the funniest television series ever made.

I had forgotten, of course, about Monty Python's Flying Circus.

There has never been anything funnier on television than Monty Python's Flying Circus. I was in college when they started showing it on weekends on PBS, and every episode was falling down funny. If you could kill yourself by laughing too hard, I would have been dead after the first time I saw the Twit Olympics. It wasn't even their best skit, but to this day, I've never laughed harder in my life. I must have seen every episode at least five times, and I can't wait to start showing them to Eli 4.6.

I bring this up because PBS in the U.S. because of this (thanks to Glen Haag for letting me know):
“Monty Python’s Personal Best,” a series of six outrageous one-hour specials showcasing the groundbreaking comedians with new footage and original clips, will premiere on PBS February 22, 2006.

Each episode will include members of the original Monty Python troupe performing in favorite clips from their unorthodox television series, “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” repurposed with exclusive new material. Each of the five living Pythons — John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin — produced and wrote his own episode, and collaborated to create the sixth special in honor of deceased member Graham Chapman. The episodes will air over a three week period in two-hour blocks on PBS on February 22, March 1 and March 8.

So there you go. Another chance to see some of the funniest people who ever lived.

Here's a link to the website:

Oh, and they're also going to start showing episodes of Flying Circus again beginning in April.

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