Knight a-round a table

Knights of Camelot: [singing]

We’re knights of the Round Table, we dance whene’er we’re able. We do routines and chorus scenes with footwork impec-cable. We dine well here in Camelot, we eat ham and jam and Spam a lot.

We’re knights of the Round Table, our shows are for-mi-dable. But many times we’re given rhymes that are quite un-sing-able, We’re opera mad in Camelot, we sing from the diaphragm a lot.

In war we’re tough and able, Quite in-de-fa-ti-gable. Between our quests we sequin vests and impersonate Clark Gable

It’s a busy life in Camelot

How difficult is it to portray the comic genius that is monty Python without the aid of images – still it is rip roaringly funny even still.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

The last in the current batch of Python quotes where the legend of King Arthur is given a vicious mauling.  Killer rabbits, Trojan rabbits, French military officers – all comic fodder to the genius of Python

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Of rodent parentage

French Soldier: I don’t want to talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal food trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.

The third in the series of quotes from the comedy partnership called Monty Python and The Knights that say NI !

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

“King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, encountering many very silly obstacles. ”  – so says the IMDB.  Well that does it no justice from the team that probably pushed the boundaries of silly and brought it to the public; the same team that conjured up the ministry of silly walks!

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If God could complain…

God: Every time I try to talk to someone it’s “sorry this” and “forgive me that” and “I’m not worthy”…

The second of a short series of quotes from the Monty Python heritage

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

To truly understand the impact that Mony Python made to comedy, in 2005, 35 years after Monty Python appeared on our screens, a UK poll to find The Comedian’s Comedian, three of the six Pythons members were voted by fellow comedians and comedy insiders to be among the top 50 greats.

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The Holy Grail of comedy

French Soldier:  You don’t frighten us, English pig dogs.  Go and boil your bottoms, you sons of a silly person.  I blow my nose at you, so-called “Arthur King,” you and all your silly English K-nig-hts.

Yes, at long, long last, we shall offer up some of the greatest British comedy, comedy that legends were made of and that was the bedrock of so much comedy that followed it.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Monty Python – need I say more, and this quote from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  Monty Python and the Holy Grail loosely follows the legend of King Arthur – loose and historically very tenuously accurate.  In many different surveys, this film has consistently been voted in the top 10 of the best or funniest films of all time.

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Perhaps not that Unlikely?

Bob:  Back in time for a drink, watch the box this afternoon – that’s what a weekend should be – sport, sleep, slippers and sex.
Terry:  Not necessarily in that order.

Something pretty old now, but still very fondly remembered – The likely Lads was first shown in black and white TV for the first 3 series.  It later returned in the 70’s as Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads and was even more popular in colour.

The Likely Lads

Terry Collier and  Bob Ferris are two completely different teenagers who are learning to cope with working life in the North-East of England.   Bob is ambitious, a social climber and willing to work hard to get what he wants.  Terry is just out for a good time and wants nothing more than beer, girls and football.

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What a Carry On

Captain Keene: Fire at will!
Brother Belcher: Poor old Will, why do they always fire at him?

A true British institution; self defacing, comical slapstick, intermixed with sexual innuendo, that is what made the Carry On films so popular.

Carry On Up The Khyber

Littered with comic performances and quips, Carry On Up The Khyber (number 16 in the series of films) told the story of the English occupation in India and how the Devils in Skirts (men in Kilts) proved so scary; they wore nothing underneath the skirt.  A battle ensues between the Indian Burpa’s and the English regiment, when it seemed to be proven that they actually did wear something under their skirt and therefore not so scary.  Almost defeated, the regiment form a line and lift their kilts, this time exposing their (implied) lack of underwear.  The invading Burpa’s are terrified, and retreat at once.

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Naff off!

There are only two rules in this prison:

1 – Do not write on the walls.

2 – You obey all the rules.

ROFL – yes, an immortal line from one of the top, top comedy programs of all time, with a legendary cast list and writers and awesome script writing this is a timeless piece of British comedy.

Fulton Mackay

Ronnie Barker stars as Norman Stanley Fletcher, trying to keep his nose clean, and guiding his young ‘roomie’ Godber, whilst residing in HMP Slade.  However, it the prison officer Mr Mackay that almost steals the show, and it his quote listed above.  The writers even created some new slang that is now part of everyday life – that is how embedded into TV history this series is.

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You dirty old man

You’re worse than a fly ’round a cow’s ****hole

A blast from the past now, from another TV program, the like of which is unlikely ever to be created again.  Set in the sixties and seventies, Steptoe and Son was a classic comedy program about two rag and bone men.  Crude, rude, squalid, unkempt, penny-pinching and unsophisticated (at least Albert was and Harold aspired to be) this explosive father and son combination was the must-watch TV program of the day

Steptoe and Son

Today, a lot of the humour and acting is probably too un-PC and very rough around the edges, but it still holds its appeal.  Society of today may not totally understand the situation comedy, it initially being in black and white may also seem odd and date it even more, the chemistry and friction of the father and son relationship was plain to see, something that mimicked the two actors relationship in real life.

The title of the post is Harold’s favorite saying about his father…

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Top Bombing!

Sex is like a game of bridge: If you don’t have a good partner, you’d better have a good hand.

A glorious double entendre from a very popular and hard-working comedian, who also more than dabbles in writing, acting and singing.  Like so many comedians, he has not avoided controversy and is as famed for his cheeky, baby-faced, northern dialect humour as his controversial quips at celebrities.

Peter Kay

Peter Kay regularly appears on TV and stand-up shows, and has worked with the BBC’s “Children In Need” appeal on many occasions, recording some notable chart hits along the way.  We particularly like his John Smiths advert entitled “Top Bombing” – a very funny advert for the well know British Beer.

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