Satire Monty Pythone Comedy

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The era of Pythonesque comedy began in 1969 when six ambitious young men created the sketch comedy show Monty Python’s Flying Circus on the BBC, and continued to grow with their movies and musicals in the years following. Their use of surreal humor, and Terry Gilliam’s bizarre animations made the show unlike any other comedy of the time. Sylvia Clayton said that “Monty Python’s Flying Circus…had shown more inventive energy than all the other comedy shows put together” (Daily Telegraph 1970). Part of the Pythons’ creativity was the expanse of subjects that they would satirize. From everyday British folk, to Arthur (King of the Britons), to organized religion, they left none out of their horatian repertoire. Not only did they target a variety of subjects, the Pythons also captivated a wide range of audiences by including both high and low comedy in their works. A lot of people may argue that Monty Python is full of only slapstick comedy, but a lot of their works are actually embedded with high comedy that requires quite a bit of thought or previous knowledge to understand. The pythons were quite brilliant in doing this because the low comedy kept general audiences interested; and, the use of logos and ethos allowed them to successfully develop their own comedy style and intrigue highly educated audiences. In Monty Python’s Life of Brian, the Pythons satirize both WHAT? in a scene of situational irony. After joining the People’s Front of Judea - a group of rebels who hate the

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