I love Monty Python. John Cleese and company are responsible for the fact that I a) prefer absurdity to crafted jokes b) can’t take the atrocities of the Spanish Inquisition seriously and c) will never eat Spam in my life. Other quality sketch comedy troupes have some and gone (The State and Kids in the Hall come to mind) and I’ve seen more Second City performances than I can count (I grew up in Chicago), but nobody can do it quite like Monty Python. And now that Monty Python is on Broadway
, I suddenly see the appeal of living in New York City. I especially hate it when comedy teams try to copy the Python formula. Song-and-dance numbers eerily similar to the Lumberjack song really irritate me. But last night, I saw part of the new Hollow Men
show on Comedy Central. I had seen the commercials and was hopefully optimistic, as any English major would be at the prospect of a comedy team called The Hollow Men
. But the few sketches I saw exceeded my expectations. They copied a lot of Monty Python gimmicks - not particularly attractive men dressed up as women, a character that reminded me of Mr. Gumby, and a song about lawyers that was a complete and total rip off of the “Knights of the Round Table,” song (even with table dancing!) - but somehow, it was okay. They were funny. I am hopeful for these Hollow Men. Because while the literary version may be artistically superior, sometimes you really need to see a sketch about canned meat and dead monarchs. And my Monty Python VHS tapes are all warn and grainy.
And in other news: College student steals sheep
. Better yet, college student is too drunk to remember why he stole a sheep. It’s times like these that I doubt the merit of higher education.
Are you sick of the “Getting’ Lucky in Kentucky”
shirts? Or how about “Idaho? No, Udaho!”
printed tee? Well, now you can get a Not-Ironic tee!
is my favorite).
the difference between men & women’s libidos, as seen through the analogy of eating dinner. I don’t have a witty comment; it’s amusing enough all by itself.
And that’s it. Have a good weekend.