Techonomics: 50 Years of Monty Python’s Perfect Silliness

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“Monty Python has transcended generations and borders… It had a universality that a lot of other comedy on TV did not have,”

-David Morgan, journalist & author


By Jason Middleton

This week we’re getting a little outside of this show’s brief. Again. There’s no real tech angle, unless you count the crude animations mentioned.

There’s no real economic effect, although when a creative and enterprise project has been going for 50 years, that’s something of note in itself.

It’s Monty Python’s Flying Circus’ 50th anniversary.

Broadcast by the BBC between 1969 and 1974, Monty Python’s Flying Circus introduced something completely different: a new brand of surrealistic, stream-of-consciousness comedy that pushed the traditional boundaries of format, style, and content.

David Morgan, author of MONTY PYTHON SPEAKS: The Complete Oral History Revised and Updated Edition.

The book is a collection of interviews with Monty Python’s founding members, actors, producers, and other collaborators to produce a no-holds-barred look at the Pythons’ legendary sketches and films, including Monty Python’s Life of Brian, Monty Python and the Holy Grail (the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Spamalot), and The Meaning of Life.

David Morgan’s day job is as senior producer for CBSNews.com, and for CBS’ Emmy Award–winning news magazine ‘Sunday Morning’.

 

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