I've been watching the Monty Python-a-Thon every night this week on IFC (except for Tuesday when I taped it because of Trivia Night), and have really been enjoying it, especially, "Monty Python: Almost The Truth," the six-part documentary series that is also a part of it. The five living members of the group have been extensively interviewed for it and it's been really fascinating getting the insights of their careers.
A few nights ago, they also asked some famous Python fans about what their favorite sketch is, and that got me to thinking about mine. Picking just one for me is like asking me who my favorite all-time Red Sox player is, but I gave it a whirl and came up with a Top 20 list, and I limited it to just from the TV show.
Upper Class Twit of the Year: I love the fact they give these guys guns at the end to kill themselves. Too bad nothing like this exists in real life.
Dirty Vicar: How didn't Terry Jones win an award for this? And it's my dad's all-time favorite sketch.
Travel Agent: I'm still amazed at Eric Idle's performance as Mr. Smoke-Too-Much.
Michael Ellis: Love the "It is now Chris Quinn Week" at the end, as well as the sudden ending. Always think of this sketch when I see Mark Ellis of the Oakland A's, for some reason.
The Cycling Tour: Eartha Kitt makes a cameo appearance (well, not really).
Putting Things On Top Of Other Things: "Why are we wasting our lives with such nonsense?"
Science Fiction: Blancmanges try to take over the world, turn all Englishmen into Scotsmen, and nearly win Wimbledon.
Dennis Moore: Bloody lupins!!
Mr. Neutron: Teddy Salad has to go walkies.
The Killer Joke: I once tried to translate the actual joke from the German words. It's all jibberish.
The Argument: I told you once. No, you haven't...
Undertaker: One of the more controversial of all the sketches they did. Still makes me laugh out loud. "Fred, I think we've got an eater..."
Crunchy Frog: It's always made me wonder what an Iraqi frog tastes like.
And the Top 5:
5. The Piranha Brothers: Dinsdale!! Must be tough for a hedgehog who is 800 yards long to get around.
3. Lumberjack: Crazy barber turns into a lumberjack who wears women's clothes. The least favorite sketch of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
2. Spam: This sketch always reminded me of the Marx Brothers. Total lunacy at the end. I always loved all the singers dressed as Vikings in the restaurant singing "Spam." And I always wondered what the makers of Spam thought of this sketch, which led to their beloved product becoming a byword for Internet junk. An all-time classic.
And Number One...