Monday, July 21, 2008

Not the Messiah

One of the great comedy troupes/shows of all time was Monty Python's Flying Circus. It was complete insanity and a brand of humor that hadn't really been witnessed before. I remember watching it on PBS on Sunday nights at 9 or 10. I was only about 9 or 10, and I didn't really understand a lot of it. It wasn't until years later that I began to appreciate it.

I'll be the first one to admit that 75% of what they did was complete crap. You could say the same thing about Saturday Night Live (with the Not Ready For Primetime Players). But the 25% that wasn't crap is some of the funniest stuff that's ever been seen anywhere. You could say the same thing about Saturday Night Live (with the Not Ready For Primetime Players). I mean, c'mon. The Ministry of Silly Walks. Absolutely brilliant.

And the two funniest things they ever did were Monty Python and the Holy Grail (oh, those knights who say Ni!) and the The Life of Brian. But it seems not every one appreciated the humor of Python, as the Life of Brian was banned in Aberystwyth, West Wales. No, I don't know how to pronounce it. Welsh is a strange language consisting of L's, W's, and Y's. Considering my family heritage is Welsh (amongst many others), is it any wonder that my writing isn't always up to snuff. Oddly, Wales looks much like the Ozark mountains, with the valley farms and coal mining. I''m not suggesting anything, but it is something that strikes me as familiar.

Sue Jones-Davies, who played Judith Iscariot (check out her full frontal nudity, oh yeah), is now the Mayor of Aberystwyth, and is now trying to bring West Wales into the 21st century. I don't know if she'll be successful. Knowing how my grandpa's Cousin Earl, who was a "SOUTHERN BAPTIST PREACHERMAN" (oh yeah, you know what I mean), would have reacted to this movie playing back home when he was in 'charge', I don't see that she'll have a lot of luck. Because Cousin Earl is a lot like all the Welshmen I've met in my time.

I wish Mayor Jones-Davis luck, as I think it is important for an entire new generation of children to be exposed to the truth, I mean the humor, of Monty and the boys.

Because The Life of Brian features the second greatest line in the history of movies. (Adult content only)


Sara K said...

Leave that Welsh tart alone and let's go to the stoning!

Ron Rollins said...

Oddly enough, my daughter's mother grew up in Wales.