Friday, June 7, 2013

NO IT ISN'T. IT'S JUST CONTRADICTION:   So Lucy received the "Monty Python Award" from her teachers as fourth grade concluded, as a testament to her consistent sense of humor, etc. (Go figure.) And now I have to figure out how to introduce her to the Pythons, since I (perhaps surprisingly) have never been fully immersed. My first efforts last night were Argument Clinic (yielding giggles), Ministry of Silly Walks (chuckles), and the Lumberjack Song, which led to cackling and multiple requests to play it again, find other versions, etc. So where do I go from here?

19 comments:

  1. 1. Lucy's finished Fourth Grade? I feel old.

    2. Dead Parrot? Holy Grail and Life of Brian are inarguably the pinnacles, but both contain content that she's a little young for.

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  2. Adam B.10:03 AM

    I did do Dead Parrot also. Yielded titters.

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  3. lisased10:07 AM

    Our fourth grader has been campaigning for us to let her watch the Holy Grail. I handed her a book about the Knights of the Round Table and told her she couldn't see/really get the movie until she finished it. We may show her the movie a few scenes at a time.

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  4. The Pathetic Earthling10:08 AM

    - Self-Defense against fruit ("What if he has a pointed stick?")
    - Spanish Inquisition is quite silly (although that's throughout the whole episode)

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  5. The Pathetic Earthling10:11 AM

    Here's a complete list: http://onemansblog.com/2006/12/01/a-compendium-of-150-monty-python-sketches/

    Three others that are great for that age, I think: Dirty Fork; Lion Tamer; Cheese Shop;

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  6. girard3110:50 AM

    Four Yorkshiremen.

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  7. bristlesage11:06 AM

    Crunchy Frog? If she's a Harry Potter reader, she'll get to know where "Cockroach Cluster" comes from, then.

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  8. Governor Squid12:07 PM

    The Penguin on the Telly. If only so that you'll be able to shout "BURMA!" for no reason.

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  9. Adam C.12:40 PM

    We did Ministry of Silly Walks too, to great effect (and great act-out-ability). But we haven't gone beyond that, though Holy Grail may be the next step (maybe when our younger one hits Lucy's age - lisased's approach might work). Actually, though only Python-adjacent, we have been strongly considering showing them Time Bandits.

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  10. Genevieve12:49 PM

    Definitely Cheese Shop.

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  11. The Pathetic Earthling1:09 PM

    Both of my kids can sing the Lumberjack Song straight through. The Wee Earthling did it when she was three. That, and the Cal Drinking Song, were always there two favorite lullabies.

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  12. D'Arcy2:34 PM

    "Are you the brain specialist?"
    "No. No. I'm not. No." "Yes, yes I am."


    That's one of my favourites, although I don't remember if it's 4th grader appropriate.

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  13. I highly recommend the Travel Agent sketch from Live at the Hollywood Bowl. One of my childhood favorites.

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  14. J. Bowman5:56 PM

    The first sketch I remember, and still one of my favorites, is the Burglar/Encyclopedia Salesman. It's possible Confuse-a-cat is also in that episode.

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  15. Be sure to work her up to Kids In The Hall and Upright Citizens Brigade as she gets older...

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  16. Real answer - Upperclass twit of he year contest - despite the bras on the mannequins and the gun play.


    And Oliver has run himself over. What a great twit!

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  17. Lou W9:50 PM

    This was PERFECT timing as I am alone this weekend with three kids ages 7-11, and I was just making a list of what shows/movies to watch. The 11 year old has been pleading to watch Holy Grail, but I've been resisting due to some of the content. Instead I'll pick a half-dozen of these and show them to all the kids. Thanks!

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  18. Marsha12:20 AM

    I'm very fond of the Bookshop sketch, and will have to show it to my kids eventually so that they'll understand why I occasionally randomly insert "David Copperfield.....with one P....by Edmund Wells" into conversation.

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