A Fun Little Video

I know I haven’t posted anything Monty Python-related in a while, but I thought that for anyone dealing with a lot of snow today, this video of one of my favorite Python sketches would brighten their day. It’s short, sweet, and to the point, not to mention totally hilarious!
To me, there are few things as funny as Michael Palin slapping John Cleese multiple times with a fish, so I hope you enjoy!

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Eric vs. Paul: The Ultimate Showdown

One incredibly adorable man...

One incredibly adorable man…

... Against this guy!

… Against this guy!

As promised, here is my Eric Idle vs. Paul McCartney showdown. One of my favorite actors against one of my favorite musicians. I’m not quite sure how this will go down, but I guarantee that I will play fair. Enjoy!

Sense of humor: While Paul McCartney is certainly no slouch in the humor department, this is Eric’s category to lose. Why? Because Eric Idle is a freaking comedic genius and a member of possibly the funniest group of people ever, the Monty Python comedy troupe. Just him appearing onscreen for a split second is enough to crack me up. Eric Idle is just a hilarious person and a brilliant comedic actor. And that’s why he wins this category!
Paul McCartney: 0
Eric Idle: 1

Acting ability: Once again, no contest here. As revered as Paul is, I doubt that many people would put him above Eric in the acting department. Although Paul did a great job in that SNL sketch from last year, Eric Idle is definitely the superior actor.
Paul McCartney: 0
Eric Idle: 2

Singing ability: Don’t worry, it won’t be a washout for Paul! Eric Idle actually has a pretty good voice and is unofficially known as “the singing Python” because he plays guitar and wrote most of the famous Monty Python songs, like “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life”. However, Paul McCartney, who I think was the best singer in the Beatles, is definitely the better singer. Paul has always had a fantastic and very versatile voice, but the fact that he still sounds amazing at age 71 is a true testament to his legendary singing talent. So, Paul wins!
Paul McCartney: 1
Eric Idle: 2

Overall charm: Eric Idle certainly comes across as a charming person, but Paul is definitely the more charming of the two. In every interview he’s given that I’ve seen, Paul manages to make me go “Awwwww!” at least once. He’s still the cute Beatle, what can I say? He’s a charmer!
Paul McCartney: 2
Eric Idle: 2

Sense of style: To be honest, I don’t really know how to call this one. I don’t think of either as being particularly notably stylish, although Paul always looks well dressed to me. I think I’m calling this a draw.
Paul McCartney: 3
Eric Idle: 3

Looks: Okay, Paul wins by far. I do think that Eric Idle was the most attractive member of Monty Python and is still very handsome, but come on. This is the cute Beatle we’re talking about! Paulie was and still is the most adorable person in the whole wide world!!! And if not for a certain person named George Harrison, I’d say that Paul was the cutest Beatle. Unfortunately, George claims that title, but Paul still beats out Eric in this category.
Paul McCartney: 4
Eric Idle: 3

Personality: I really love both of their personalities, although I feel like I have a better sense of Paul’s personality because I’ve watched way more interviews of him than I have of Eric. But as far as the person who I am interested in and respect more, I think I have to go with Paul on this one. Since there’s no official Paul McCartney documentary or autobiography floating around, the real Paul is still a bit of a mystery to me, and I hope that one day they make a movie about Paul like they did with George!

The Final Tally:
Paul McCartney: 5
Eric Idle: 3

Yay Paulie!!! You won!!!

Yay Paulie!!! You won!!!

Even though I love Eric, I’m kind of glad Paul won. He definitely deserves it!
Have a fab week! Enjoy the last weeks of summer!

Happy Birthday Michael Palin!

Michael Palin, looking very cute as Sir Galahad in Monty Python and the Holy Grail!

Michael Palin, looking very cute as Sir Galahad in Monty Python and the Holy Grail!

Today is the 70th birthday of hilarious Monty Python member Michael Palin! Happy Birthday Michael!!! Even though, as I’ve stated before, Eric Idle is definitely my favorite member of the group, I love Michael as well, and he and Graham tie for “2nd most attractive member of Monty Python” in my book. (yes, Eric is #1)
Anyway, Michael has a way with playing shopkeepers and doing funny voices that always makes me laugh, and he seems like a genuinely nice, likable person. I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about him from the other Pythons, and in some ways, I think of him as the Ringo of the Monty Python Troupe, because he seems to have always gotten along with everyone else. I believe he is the youngest member of Monty Python, although he’s only about a month younger than Eric, and his Python sketches were always acted with a charming boyish quality that I love dearly. I’ve made a pact this summer to start watching his travel shows, which I’ve heard are great, and from the clips I’ve seen on Youtube, I fully agree. I also read today that he received this year’s BAFTA Lifetime Achievement Award, which made me very happy! So, to celebrate his birthday, here are some of my favorite clips of Michael Palin being his lovely, hilarious self!

Here’s a scene from The Rutles with Michael as Rutles press officer Eric Manchester. And yes, that’s George Harrison as the interviewer! Not even a mustache, wig, and glasses can disguise those fantastic cheekbones…

One of my favorite scenes from Life of Brian, and perhaps Michael’s shining moment in his Python career. The suppressed laughter of the Roman guards in this scene is apparently real because they did not know the script, and they were told that if they laughed at anything Michael said, they would be fired. Obviously, they weren’t actually fired, but I’d imagine that hearing this for the first time on set would make just about anyone laugh their head off.

Ah, yes, it’s… Bicycle Repairman! This sketch never fails to make me laugh, even though I know exactly what’s coming. It’s just hilarious!

I actually first watched this sketch in Euro class, when we were learning about the Spanish Inquisition. I tried not to laugh too much while in class so as not to appear obnoxious, but when I watched the full episode, months later, in the comfort of my own home, I could not stop laughing! This is truly a classic moment in the history of Monty Python, and because of this sketch, I don’t think anyone will EVER expect the Spanish Inquisition!

That’s all I’ve got for now. Once again, happy birthday Michael Palin!!! I love you!!!

Happy Birthday Eric Idle!!!

I know that I posted about Monty Python a while ago, and today I’ve returned to that subject to wish my favorite member of the British comedy troupe a happy birthday. Happy 70th birthday to Eric Idle!!!! If I could invite 3 people to dinner, I’d probably invite George, Paul, and Eric Idle. I’m sure that would make for some interesting dinner conversations! 🙂
Eric Idle is probably the funniest man in the world. Really, he’s just so hilarious that I can’t help but smile or laugh whenever I see him on my computer or TV screen. Although every member of Monty Python is hilarious and extremely talented in his own special way, I think Eric is just a notch above the rest in terms of pure comedic potential. I first discovered the true extent of Eric’s comedic abilities while watching The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash for the first time last fall. I probably watched it about 4 times in the span of one weekend. I just couldn’t help but notice how incredibly funny he was as both the narrator and as Paul McCartney, although his bass playing/miming did leave much to be desired. After that, I started looking up Monty Python sketches in Youtube, and once I saw this sketch, I was an Eric fan all the way.

It’s probably not that hard to see why I fell in love with Eric after watching this sketch. He has the most beautiful fluffy hairstyle (which is probably a wig, but still!), and… Yeah. All I can say is, I wish I was Carol Cleveland in this sketch.
In fact, if I could have one dream job, it would be to be in the Monty Python comedy troupe. I love acting, and if time travel were somehow possible, I would seriously love to be on Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Unfortunately, the show ended about 40 years ago… Oh well, I can dream, can’t I?

Oh dear, I think I’ve gone a bit off topic. This is Eric Idle’s birthday post, so I should probably talk about him some more. Here’s a video of Eric on Rutland Weekend television in 1976… AND GEORGE HARRISON IS IN IT!!!! He’s playing a pirate, and… You really just have to see it to believe it.

Two of my favorite people, being funny together!!! I love this so much. George as Pirate Bob reminds me a lot of Patchy the Pirate on Spongebob.

Finally, another one of my favorite clips of Eric Idle, in what may well be his most famous sketch from Monty Python.

That’s all. Once again, happy birthday to Eric Idle!!!

Eric Idle is my Idol

Well… Not quite. I mean, I love Eric Idle to death, but he hasn’t reached “George status” yet. I don’t think anyone besides George Harrison can reach “George status,” actually! Still, there was a pun that had to be made, and I made it.
So, anyway, I remembered that I said in my first post that I would post about Monty Python, and as of now, I have not done so. That’s about to change, because in this post I’ll describe why I love Monty Python and why Eric Idle is my favorite member of Monty Python. So Python fans, here you go!

My obsession with Monty Python is a fairly recent development, much more recent than my obsession with the Beatles. I actually really discovered them just last November, over Thanksgiving break. That was when I started looking up sketches from Monty Python’s Flying Circus on Youtube, and also when I saw the movie The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash for the first time. That movie is basically a Monty Python-style parody of the Beatles, through this fictional band called the Rutles. Eric Idle stars as the narrator and as Paul McCartney, another Python regular Micheal Palin makes an appearance as Rutles’ press officer Derek Taylor, and George Harrison himself even appears in disguise as an interviewer! If you like the Beatles, Monty Python, or both, you’ll love this movie!
But a few weeks before that, I saw Monty Python and the Holy Grail for the first time, and before the movie even officially started, I was in tears from laughing so hard. (those of you who have seen the very beginning of that movie probably know what I’m talking about) I don’t think I stopped laughing for the entire movie. It is an hour and a half of comedic genius, and it’s by far the funniest movie I’ve ever seen. I have yet to see the other two Python movies, Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life, but I’m sure they’re just as good.

I also love the show Monty Python’s Flying Circus, and I was thrilled to receive the box set with all the episodes for Christmas! Here are some of my favorite sketches that I’ve seen so far. If I come across any others I like in particular, I’ll make another post.

Yes, this sketch is the origin of the word “spam” being used as a term for incessant useless emails. I swear, if you’re not in stitches by the end of this, you might want to get your pulse checked. It’s just SO ridiculous and funny!

I love how this sketch develops from organized chaos into complete and utter foolishness. The whole thing is just absurdly funny, and after about 3:23 in the video, when Eric Idle goes completely nuts, I can’t stop laughing! Especially when he goes, “It’s the end of the road!”

This is a classic! John Cleese is hilarious in every Python sketch, but I think he’s at his best here. I’ve tried to walk like this on occasion. It hasn’t worked out so well, and I’ve probably done something to my ankle in the process.

All of the Pythons are hilarious in this sketch! Eric’s constant comments about the pointed sticks always crack me up, Graham Chapman’s character’s last name is Harrison, and John Cleese doesn’t stop yelling at the top of his lungs for about 5 minutes. I honestly don’t know how he keeps it up for so long.

I love Eric’s hairstyle here. It’s got a nice wave to it. And, oh yeah, the sketch is hilarious! I swear, every single one of Graham’s lines makes me laugh. He’s probably my second favorite member of Monty Python. And the juxtaposition of the coal miner son with the socialite parents is really clever.

I think this is one of Eric’s best sketches. He gets funnier and funnier as the sketch goes on. By the end, I’m barely listening to the lines because I’m so busy laughing!

I firmly believe that Monty Python is the funniest thing ever created, plain and simple. There is nothing on TV today that can remotely compare to its level of hilarity and wit.

So anyway, as you may have noticed from the videos, I love Eric Idle! He is so funny in every single sketch he’s in, and even if he’s not the featured character, he always steals the show. He does so many characters with tons of different wigs; I don’t know where they even got all of them. He’s got impeccable comedic timing, and best of all, he’s STILL funny! I’ve seen interviews with him from a couple of years ago, and I still laugh at almost everything he says. I also love how he’s always got such a cheerful, happy smile, and actually had long, wavy hair in real life. (which is hard to tell when he’s wearing all the short wigs!) Finally, he and George Harrison were really good friends! Two of my favorite people! Yay for the Beatles and Monty Python!

George Harrison and Eric Idle, two of my favorite people!

George Harrison and Eric Idle, two of my favorite people!

That’s all for now. Look out for a John Lennon solo countdown post and a post about this awesome Youtube musician guy over the weekend!