Monty Python, the genius comedy troupe from Britain, single-handedly revolutionized sketch comedy and paved the way for everything from Saturday Night Live to Austin Powers. Now, in their official oral history, founding members John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin take readers behind the scenes in this no-holds-barred look at their lives and unforgettable comic works like "The Spanish Inquisition," "Dead Parrot," Monty Python's Life of Brian, Monty Python and the Holy Grail (inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Spamalot), and many, many more, with never-before-seen photos and rare interviews from friends and collaborators.
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I bought this book because I am an avid MP fan. The premise was extremely interesting, but the actual book gets a little old. The biggest problem (and the one that I will mention here) is that there are just not enough interviews from most of MP, instead the author tends to focus on Terry Jones for most of the information. Michael Palin has bit to say and John Cleese would come in third. Sadly, there was very little from Graham Chapman interviews over the years and very little from Eric Idle. It seems the bulk of the material was given by the 'behind the scenes' personalities, which means it really isn't MP that is speaking. Overall, the book was an interesting read. There was a complete interview with Carol Cleveland (the 7th MP member) which was very interesting. I would have like to have read more about her role though. The chapter on the making of the Holy Grail was VERY good, and after reading it I ended up buying the DVD so I could look at the screen at certain points. Overall, the book is pretty good. It's light, entertaining reading and probably worth the $15 I paid (shipping, remember?).