Sunday, June 13, 2010

And now. For something. Completely. Different.

The post below put me in mind of a delicious old Monty Python sketch. (That's John Cleese playing Anne Elk!)

Ya know, it's interesting - it took years for Monty Python to catch on in the U.S., but now it seems to be pretty well-known. And appreciated! Very heartening. While most of us know by now the hoary old parrot sketch and lumberjack song, there are some hysterical items that are more obscure, but most definitely well worth watching - the cheese shop, the Scotch Tape boutique, the argument, Eric The Half A Bee*, etc. Considering that Monty Python hails from the '70s, I think it has aged pretty well!

It seems that the boys have set up a Monty Python channel on YouTube containing some of their better stuff. If you're a fan, or just want to experience something new and extremely funny, take a look. Their introduction to the channel is particularly good - the link in this ¶ will take you there.

But, I Babble - Sarah Palin alert!!! While setting this post up, I came across John Cleese's views on Sarah Palin, at the time of the 2008 campaign. A must-see!

* Yet another digression: Eric The Half A Bee is one of my favorite songs from Eric Idle, and I just had to reproduce the lyrics here. (You can hear a snippet of the song here.)

A one, two, a one, two, three, four...

Half a bee, philosophically,
Must, ipso facto, half not be.
But half the bee has got to be
Vis à vis, its entity. D'you see?

But can a bee be said to be
Or not to be an entire bee
When half the bee is not a bee
Due to some ancient injury?

La dee dee, one two three,
Eric the half a bee.
A B C D E F G,
Eric the half a bee.

Is this wretched demi-bee,
Half-asleep upon my knee,
Some freak from a menagerie?
No! It's Eric the half a bee!

Fiddle de dum, Fiddle de dee,
Eric the half a bee.
Ho ho ho, tee hee hee,
Eric the half a bee.

I love this hive, employee-ee,
Bisected accidentally,
One summer afternoon by me,
I love him carnally.

He loves him carnally,
The end.

Cyril Connelly?
No; semi-carnally!

Cyril Connelly.

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