The First 28 Years Of Monty Python

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The ultimate guide for Python fans is back, newly revised for the nineties. The years since the publication of the first edition have brought a great deal of change for the Python alumni-most notably most celebrated postgraduate successes: A Fish Called Wanda, The Fisher King, 12 Monkeys, and Disney's Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.

This revised edition also contains all of the original material (dead parrots, fish-slapping, silly walks, Knights Who Say Ni, etc.) that made the first ...

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Overview

The ultimate guide for Python fans is back, newly revised for the nineties. The years since the publication of the first edition have brought a great deal of change for the Python alumni-most notably most celebrated postgraduate successes: A Fish Called Wanda, The Fisher King, 12 Monkeys, and Disney's Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.

This revised edition also contains all of the original material (dead parrots, fish-slapping, silly walks, Knights Who Say Ni, etc.) that made the first edition such a success! The First 280 Years of Monty Python celebrates the group's career with exclusive interviews, rare photographs, and an episode guide detailing the original TV shows. It's a must-have item for any Python fan.

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"A wonderful, brilliant, incisive, transcendental, and mystical work, except for the bits about Terry Gilliam. And Eric Idle. And the rather uninteresting and unnecessary details about Michael Jones and Terry Palin. And perhaps it would have been even better had it gone on less about Graham Chapman. The rest is superb." —John Cleese

"A book to make you laugh or cry (depending on whether you tear out the pages and tickle your feet with them or roll them up tightly into thin cylindrical rolls and poke yourself in the eye)." —Terry Jones

"There's really nothing an agnostic can't do if he really doesn't know whether he believes in anything or not." —Graham Chapman

Sean Kelly
...Johnson...is a longtime fan whose mixed-metaphor, dangling-participle prose style might be characterized as on-line fanzine contemporary....The true Python-ophile...will...require Johnson's book...
The New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312169336
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.58 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Kin Howard Johnson ran away to join the circus in 1974 as a fan, friend, and stalker (not in that order). He lived on location with Monty Python in Tunisia during the filming of Life of Brian, where he won the hearts of the zany Brits after serving as a double for the taller Pythons, then followed it up with an award-winning portrayal of the"Pantomime Goose" in Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl. He is the author of three previous books on Monty Python, The first 200 Years of Monty Python, And Now for Something Completely Trivial, and Life (Before And) After Monty Python, as well as Truth in Comedy, an improvisational manual cowritten with Del Close and Charna Halpern. He lives outside Chicago with wife Laurie Bradach and son Morgon.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Author's Note
Acknowledgments
Introduction

Part One: The Gathering Storm
Before the Beginning
Monty Python: The Writing
Performing
Recurring Favorites
Help!

Part Two: The Classic Forty-Five Shows and More
The First Series
Test Your Python Quotient
A Look From Inside
The Second Series
The Pythonic Verses: Monty Python's Guide to Life
The Third Series
Monty Python's Lost Episodes: The German Shows
The Fourth Series
The End of the Beginning

Part Three: Beyond the Beeb
Captured Live
Python on Film: And Now for Something Completely Different
Individual Profiles
The Records, the Books, and the Videos

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