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



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!


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.


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.


A room with a view

Well, may I ask what you expected to see out of a Torquay hotel bedroom window? Sydney Opera House, perhaps? The Hanging Gardens of Babylon? Herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically…?

A second entry for this great British institution, just 12 episodes that are indelibly etched into comedy history

Basil Fawlty

John Cleese, who played the inimitable Basil Fawlty, is an actor, comedian, writer, and film producer, and has been in some of the most memorable and groundbreaking comedy programs, from The Frost Report to Monty Python

The full text for the quote, from the episode “Communication Problems” goes:

Mrs. Richards: When I pay for a room with a view, I expect something more interesting than that.

Basil: That is Torquay madam.

Mrs. Richards: Well it’s not good enough.

Basil: Well, may I ask what you expected to see out of a Torquay hotel bedroom window? Sydney Opera House, perhaps? The Hanging Gardens of Babylon? Herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically…?

Mrs. Richards: Don’t be silly. I expect to be able to see the sea.

Basil: You can see the sea. It’s over there between the land and the sky.

Mrs. Richards: I’d need a telescope to see that.


My little piranha fish

Next contestant, Mrs. Sybil Fawlty from Torquay. Specialist subject – the bleeding obvious.

Looking back now at this short-lived sitcom from the 70’s, the humour that the cast of Fawlty Towers brought out of the episode, it is a wonder why it never continued.  John Cleese epitomised the hen-pecked man permanently running around trying to please everyone all the time but totally and utterly failing in every way possible, often in a way that would make even the strongest constitutions cringe.

Basil Fawlty

Fawlty Towers consisted of just 12 episodes, but such was its long-lasting appeal that it was placed first in a list of the BFI TV 100 drawn up by the British Film Institute in 2000.  It was also voted fifth in the BBC’s “Britain’s Best Sitcom” poll in 2004.  In 1997, the episode “The Germans” was ranked #12 on TV Guide’s 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time.  Politically incorrect in so many ways now, the episodes are still incredibly funny.

Oh, and the title for this post, one of Basil’s terms of endearment for his wife…