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Sunday, January 26, 2020

Sunday Morning Post (V.2, #4) - Terry Jones (But No Spam)

We lost another Python this week.  Terry Jones was half of the writing team of Jones and (Michael) Palin before, during, and after the Python years.  His passing this week did not come as a total surprise.

A few years ago, we learned that he had been afflicted with a form of dementia which robbed him of his ability to speak.  I don’t want to sound cruel, but given his prognosis at the time, I silently hoped that he would not suffer long.  Now his suffering is over and we can all mourn his passing and enjoy his many performances once more.

I’ve started searching Casa de Gunther for my copy of Dr. Fegg’s Nasty Book of Knowledge.  In the meantime, I will choose a clip from a variety of YouTube saved performances.  Ah, but which one?
Mr. Creosote from The Meaning of Life?  Too graphic for a Sunday morning when the blogosphere should be enjoying their breakfast. 

The hapless gentleman who happens upon Graham Chapman contemplating his flying sheep?  Tempting, when one considers that this was the first sketch of the show’s premiere episode.  Unfortunately, it’s more Chapman than Jones.

I can’t find a clip of the Spam sketch which doesn’t morph into something else and thus take the focus off Jones.   So please enjoy Jones’ performance as the (virgin?) Mandy Cohen from Life of Brian:

(Thank you for reading. The hunt for Dr. Fegg goes on…)


Blogger Raybeard said...

I'm sure (like you?) that sometime I've seen the spam sketch being performed, which may be the same as what you're referring to as blurring into anther sketch, but I think 'spam' first appeared in its own right as audio only on one of their L.P.s. (It may have been on their very first one) which may have something to do with it being hard to find in visual form.

Another of my many LOL favourites, though an under-recognised one near the start of 'Life of Brian', is quoted in my Sunday morning paper:

Mandy Cohen: "So what star sign is he then?"
Magi 1: "Hmm.....Capricorn"
Mandy C.: "Capricorn eh? So what are they like?"
Magi 1: "Like? Oh, but ....He is the Son of God - Our MESSIAH!!"
Magi 2: "The KING OF THE JEWS!!!"
Mandy C.: "And that's Capricorn is it?"

Priceless! :-O


January 26, 2020 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger Debra She Who Seeks said...

I love "The Life of Brian" and I love Terry Jones. His astonishing array of "pepperpot ladies" (including the Virgin Mandy) are still one of the funniest comedy bits imaginable. He was a true comedic genius.

January 26, 2020 at 11:06 AM  
Blogger Dave R said...

Mr. Creosote... an after dinner aperitif with the gusto of "one... thin... mint." I remember seeing that scene in the theater and hearing the audience explode.

January 26, 2020 at 11:19 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

Sad that someone who made a living by words was robbed of the use of them.

Still, we have the laughs forever.

January 26, 2020 at 11:49 AM  
Blogger Ur-spo said...

He was also a scholar of medieval times. I read his book accusing Henry IV of the disappearance of Chaucer.

January 27, 2020 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger todd gunther said...

Thank you, Raybeard. That is a classic bit from Brian.

Jones had his pepperpot impressions down to a science, Debra.

I had the same theatrical experience as you Dave R.

True,Bob. Very ironic.

Thank you, Spo. Not many people know about his serious writing efforts

January 28, 2020 at 6:17 AM  

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