Wednesday, February 22, 2006


We interrupt this program to annoy you and make things generally irritating.

If you recognize the quote in the title, you're going to want to read this. It's from the inimitable Monty Python's Flying Circus. Tonight and for the next three weeks, PBS will be running six one hour specials (two each night) called Monty Python's Personal Best. Each member of the troupe wrote and directed his own episode in the series, with the group collaborating to put together the episode on behalf of Graham Chapman.

Ottawa Citizen arts writer Alex Strachan wrote a great feature on the series this past Saturday (read it, it's worth the time just to read the Eric Idle quotes). I had no idea, but Holy Grail was funded entirely by the "grandaddies and geezers of English rock'n'roll," including Pink Floyd, Genesis and Led Zepplin. And Life of Brian was funded entirely by George Harrison. Strachan quotes Eric Idle as saying, 'It's still the most that anybody has ever paid for a movie ticket.' Who knew?

This one will be worth setting the VCR for...