History Series / MontyPythonsFlyingCircus

20th Jan '18 10:53:02 AM darthpaul
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** This was Carol Cleveland's [[MsFanservice primary role]] for most of her appearances on the show.

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** This was Carol Cleveland's [[MsFanservice primary role]] for most of her appearances on the show. As she explained it, the Python's used her (and Connie Booth) for roles that required an ''actual'' woman, not a man in a dress.
20th Jan '18 10:40:07 AM darthpaul
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* Corpsing: Sometimes even the Pythons have to smile at the other Pythons' jokes.

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* Corpsing: {{Corpsing}}: Sometimes even the Pythons have to smile at the other Pythons' jokes.
20th Jan '18 10:39:21 AM darthpaul
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* Corpsing: Sometimes even the Pythons have to smile at the other Pythons' jokes.
--> Intercourse the penguin!
28th Dec '17 8:44:32 PM GrafVonTirol
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26th Dec '17 6:03:03 PM Mullon
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* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: Dennis Moore tries to alleviate poverty by stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, but his first attempt involves stealing lupins (a type of flower); after he is told lupins are worthless and to steal valuable things, he does such a good job that he bankrupts the aristocrats, and makes a peasant family wealthy. And then the poor family complain when he can only bring them what's left of what originally belonged to the rich (mostly silverware).
-->'''Dennis Moore:''' "Blimey, this redistribution of wealth is trickier than I thought."



* TheHighwayMan: Dennis Moore is the, ehm, ''botanical'' version of this. He gets it right later on, though.



* JustLikeRobinHood: Parodied by Dennis Moore, who first makes the mistake of stealing only lupins from the rich to give to the poor, and then steals so much else from the rich that the rich become poor and the poor become the new rich. He ends up trying some complicated redistribution of wealth among those he holds up and himself.
-->'''Dennis Moore''': This redistribution of wealth is trickier than I thought.



* NotActuallyTheUltimateQuestion: Dennis Moore.
-->'''Lady:''' What do you want? Why are you here?\\
'''Moore:''' Why are any of us here? I mean, when you get down to it, it's all so meaningless, isn't it? I mean what do any of us want...\\
'''Earl of Buckingham:'''' No, no, what do you want now?\\
'''Moore:''' Oh I see, oh just the usual things, a little place of my own, the right girl...\\
'''Baron Grantley:''' No, no, no! What do you want from us?\\
'''Moore:''' Oh sorry. Your gold, your silver, your jewellery.
22nd Dec '17 6:53:31 PM Mullon
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* BlackMarket: The porn shop which is [[SecretShop hidden]] in a "tudor employment agency", until it is raided by Sir Philip Sidney, or Superintendent Gaskell from the Vice Squad, whoever that guy actually was.



* SecretShop: The "Tudor Jobs" sketch is an employment agency for tudor jobs, which have been out of style since the 17th century. It's actually a front for a [[BlackMarket porn shop]], and when a customer shows up, the clerk calls out to his accomplice and a wall opens up revealing the real store.



* YaoiFangirl: Sir Philip Sidney's wife.
16th Dec '17 6:15:12 PM Mullon
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* AllJustADream: Subverted in Cycling Tour. "So it was all a dream." "No, this is the dream, you are back in the cell."



* CliffhangerCopout: In "Cycling Tour", Mr. Pither and Mr. Gulliver find themselves in [[GloriousMotherRussia Soviet Russia]] facing a firing squad, who after [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy several failed attempts]] at shooting Mr. Pither, attach bayonets to their guns, and try to run them through. We don't get to see how they escape, instead we get a caption noting a missing scene, and then the two men appear back in Britain, safe and sound.



* DeathSeeker: The [=McKamikaze=] Highlanders

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* DeathSeeker: The [=McKamikaze=] HighlandersHighlanders.



* DisproportionateRetribution: One sketch briefly mentions a man being investigated by the police for two years, convicted of not having a license for his car radio, for which he was subsequently hanged, "despite the prohibition of capital punishment, and a huge public outcry".



* EurekaMoment: In "the Olympic Hide-and-Seek Final", Francisco Huron has spent over 11 years looking for Don Roberts and is searching the Tagus Valley for him. He opens a garbage can and finds a sardine can, which not only clues him in to go to Sardinia, but [[BatDeduction to the exact spot where Don Roberts is hiding]].



* GettingTheBoot: Happens to Mr. Pither during the Cycling Tour sketch.



* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: In the "Cycling Tour" episode, "Mr. Pither" (Palin) is put in front of a firing squad, and everyone misses. Repeatedly. They finally resort to fixing bayonets and charging. Even that somehow fails.



* IndestructibleEdible: Mr. Gulliver from the ''Cycling Tour'' episode develops these. He made a cheese sandwich that can resist 4000 psi, and a tomato that predicts when it's going to be in an accident and jumps to safety. [[BodyHorror Even if you've already eaten it.]]



* NonstandardPrescription: "The Cycling Tour" Mr Pither goes to a doctor to ask for directions to Iddesleigh. "Normally I would have asked a policeman or a minister of the Church, but finding no one available, I thought it better to consult a man with some professional qualifications, rather than rely on the possibly confused testimony of a passer-by." The doctor writes something down and tells Mr Pither to take it to a chemist (pharmacy in the US). The next shot is a chemist looking at the paper and giving Mr Pither the directions.



* SarcasmBlind: Mr Pither in the episode "The Cycling Tour":
-->'''Cafe Proprietor:''' 35 p please.\\
'''Mr Pither:''' Ah... oh, I have only a fifty. You have change?\\
'''Cafe Proprietor:''' Well, I'll have a look, but I may have to go to the bank.\\
'''Mr Pither:''' I'm most awfully sorry.



* SwitchToEnglish: In the episode "The Cycling Tour," John Cleese is a Soviet officer making a speech in Russian to fellow Soviets, pausing for the subtitles to show, and then says in Russian, [[FunWithSubtitles "Forgive me if I continue in English in order to save time."]]
15th Dec '17 11:28:51 AM Anddrix
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In its native country the show is considered by many to be the best British television program ever made, with the Pythons themselves regarded as essentially Music/TheBeatles of comedy (John Lennon and George Harrison were in fact huge fans, and Ringo Starr made a brief cameo in one episode). ''Monty Python'' invaded America with rebroadcasts on local PBS stations, two ABC late-night specials in 1975 and a 1988 video release. They found a relatively small but devoted and appreciative audience stateside and influenced many American sketch comedy series over the years. On either side of the Atlantic, the show is now so firmly entrenched in pop-culture that quoting a line from almost any sketch or one of the films triggers [[LoveItOrHateIt either a hail of quotes or a chorus of groans]].

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In its native country the show is considered by many to be the best British television program ever made, with the Pythons themselves regarded as essentially Music/TheBeatles of comedy (John Lennon and George Harrison were in fact huge fans, and Ringo Starr made a brief cameo in one episode). ''Monty Python'' invaded America with rebroadcasts on local PBS stations, two ABC late-night specials in 1975 and a 1988 video release. They found a relatively small but devoted and appreciative audience stateside and influenced many American sketch comedy series over the years. On either side of the Atlantic, the show is now so firmly entrenched in pop-culture that quoting a line from almost any sketch or one of the films triggers [[LoveItOrHateIt either a hail of quotes or a chorus of groans]].
groans.
10th Dec '17 5:16:20 PM Mullon
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* AnnoyingBackgroundEvent: At the beginning of the cheeseshop sketch, we see two men dancing in the shop accompanied by a bouzouki, occasionally visible in different camera shots. As Cleese's patience slowly erodes due to the lack of cheese in the shop, he finally snaps at them to stop the music.



* BackhandedApology: An OverlyLongGag in episode 32.



* BloodierAndGorier: Parodied and taken hilariously UpToEleven in the "Salad Days" sketch, which is a supposed film version of the incredibly [[TastesLikeDiabetes twee]], [[UpperClassTwit upperclass]], turn-of-the-century stage play -- Directed by Sam Peckinpah. BloodyHilarious.



* CulturePolice: "The Housewives of Britain" show a band of housewives going around imposing their conservative mentality on the British populace. Among their acts of cleaning up society are to cover up nude artwork, interrupt a scene from ''{{Theatre/Othello}}'' of Othello and Desdemona in bed, and go on a book burning campaign against foreign literature like [[{{Creator/JeanPaulSartre}} Jean-Paul Sartre]].



* FreudianExcuse: After "Sam Peckinpah's Salad Days", a fake apology appears, stating that the creators "all come from broken homes and have very unhappy personal lives, especially Eric."



* IncessantMusicMadness: In the Cheese Shop sketch, when John Cleese's character enters, there are some guys playing Greek music and dancing. After several minutes of the annoying music in the background, he turns around and yells, "Will you shut that bloody dancing up!" and they stop playing.



* MadeOfPlasticine: "Sam Peckinpah's Salad Days" has a peaceful summer scene ruined due to the participants all being this, [[{{Gorn}} accidentally maiming and dismembering]] each other.



* MeatgrinderSurgery: Gumby Brain Surgery.



* {{Mockumentary}}: John Cleese does a door-to-door TV documentary[[note]]he has a cardboard cut-out of a TV that he stands behind so he can go door-to-door with his documentary[[/note]] on molluscs, at first it's a normal documentary, but the people are so bored he switches to talking about the sex life of molluscs, painting the whole phylum as the perverts of the animal kingdom.



* SoundtrackDissonance: "Sam Peckinpah's Salad Days" has a nice cheery piano number to match the bright scenery, which is totally opposed to the carnage that takes place.
9th Dec '17 6:46:02 PM Mullon
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* BlessedWithSuck: Mr. Horton, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgAoGf84-3A the man who makes people laugh]], even when he's serious and miserable.



* {{Bowdlerise}}: Bowdlerisation ruined the "Summarize Proust" sketch by cutting out the marginally offensive part of a punchline (future versions changed it to a shoddily spliced version which simply cut the offending word instead of the whole exchange):
-->'''MC:''' What are your hobbies, outside summarizing?\\
'''Contestant:''' Well, strangling animals, golf, [[spoiler:and masturbating.]]



* BuxomIsBetter: Who won the first prize in "All England Summarizing Proust Competition"? The girl with the biggest tits. And she didn't even have to summarize anything.



* CharacterFilibuster: Mr. Smoketoomuch, of the "Travel Agent" sketch, whose MeaningfulName has never even occurred to him before.



* EvilCannotComprehendGood: One sketch involved a man trying to get the head of a bank to donate a pound to Orphans, with the banker being utterly mystified at the concept of charity.



* {{Meganekko}}: Anne Elk



* MusicalisInterruptus: The Proust song in the Proust-summarizing competition sketch.



* NeverHeardThatOneBefore: Parodied. Mr. Smoke-too-much apparently has ''never'' gotten a comment on [[LukeNounverber the fact that his name is a meaningful phrase]].



* PantomimeAnimal: Two pantomime horses fight over a job at a merchant bank, a pantomime goose kills Terence Rattigan, and the recurring pantomime Princess Margaret.
-->'''Biggles:''' Get back in the cupboard you pantomimetic royal person!



* StopTrick: When Eric Idle gets fed up with the "Mary... Army Recruitment" sketch, Graham Chapman suggests a scene change; Eric stays the same when the recruitment office spontaneously changes to a bus.



* TinyHeadedBehemoth: According to one theory about the Brontosaurus, it was thin at one end, much much thicker in the middle, and then thin again at the far end.



* TrapDoor: Used on a man collecting money for charity in the "Merchant Banker" sketch. Because the set had to be raised to accommodate the space beneath the trapdoor, it's audibly obvious that Cleese and Jones are walking on wooden boards rather than the concrete studio floor. This does however help in the later part of the scene, when the pantomime horses have to tap on the floor.



* TheUnwittingComedian: Mr. Holden from the "Man Who Makes People Laugh" sketch. Mr. Holden is an average, middle-aged man who's words causes those that hear it to burst out in hysterical laughter, even though everything he says isn't humorous in the slightest. This eventually gets him fired by his boss, who is desperately holding in hysterical laughter as he speaks with him, because his laughter inducement is considered obstructive by his fellow employees.



* WeInterruptThisProgram: ...to annoy you, and to make things generally more irritating.



* WildlifeCommentarySpoof: "Here ve see a large pantomime horse engaged in a life or death struggle..."
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