Saturday 26 July 2014

Monty Python: The Cheese Shop

Uploaded on Feb 26, 2008 by Andrew Boynton
The Cheese Shop sketch, Monty Python

There are forty-three cheeses mentioned in the sketch: Red Leicester, Tilsit, Caerphilly, Bel Paese, Red Windsor, Stilton, Emmenthal, Gruyère, Norwegian Jarlsburg, Liptauer, Lancashire, White Stilton, Danish Blue, Double Gloucester, Cheshire, Dorset Blue Vinney (though said to be nearly extinct), Brie, Roquefort, Pont l’Évêque, Port Salut, Savoyard, Saint-Paulin, Carré de l’Est, Bresse Bleu, Boursin, Camembert, Gouda, Edam, Caithness, Smoked Austrian, Japanese Sage Derby* (though Sage Derby exists), Wensleydale, Greek Feta, Gorgonzola, Parmesan, Mozzarella, Pipo Crème, Danish Fynbo, Czech sheep’s milk (Abertam), Venezuelan Beaver Cheese* (no beavers native to Venezuela!), Cheddar, Ilchester, and Limburger. Apparently, there are over a thousand different cheeses produced worldwide with la belle France responsible for over 500 of them.

Uploaded on Sep 21, 2009 by Eagle Rock
The writing of "The Cheese Shop" sketch from "Monty Python - Almost the Truth - The Lawyer's Cut"

Matching Tie and Handkerchief
This sketch from the television show was included in this 1973 album. In the above sketch, when Palin keeps insisting the Camembert is runny, Cleese finally says, "I don't care how excrementally runny it is." On the album, he says, "I don't care how f**king runny is." The F word, contrasted with the highbrow language, was hilarious.

A personal note
Here is an quirky observation I've had over the years. The humour of Monty Python is based on the absurd and I have found that people either get it or they don't. They think it's hilarious or it's not funny at all; it's stupid. There seems to be no middle ground. Worth a chuckle? Amusing? No, it's either bring tears to your eyes slash out loud guffaw funny or zip, nada, nothing. Maybe it's more of a question of absurdist humour. Certainly you have to have a certain taste for such a thing. After all, does everybody get The Marx Brothers or The Three Stooges? It's a taste.

So my odd take on Monty Python. Funny or not funny. Hilarious or stupid. No fence sitting.


Wikipedia: Cheese Shop sketch
The Cheese Shop is a well-known sketch from Monty Python's Flying Circus. It originally appears in episode 33, "Salad Days". The script for the sketch is included in the book The Complete Monty Python's Flying Circus: All the Words, Volume 2. It would later be reworked for the album The Monty Python Matching Tie and Handkerchief and appeared for one last time during Monty Python Live (Mostly), as a surprising coda to the Dead Parrot sketch.

Wikipedia: The Monty Python Matching Tie and Handkerchief
Free Record Given Away with the Monty Python Matching Tie and Handkerchief, later shortened to simply The Monty Python Matching Tie and Handkerchief, is the fourth album by the comedy group Monty Python, released in 1973.

Note the following for all of you old enough to remember record albums.

Double grooves
The album's original LP edition (on Charisma Records in the U.K., catalog no. CAS 1080, released 1973, and on Arista Records in the U.S., catalog no. AL 4039, released 1975) is particularly notable in that it was mastered with two concentric grooves on side two, so that different material would be played depending on where the stylus was put down on the record's surface. For this reason it is sometimes referred to as a "three-sided" record. ... The album did not have a track listing, so that this feature would come as a complete surprise to listeners, who might on a second listening hear material they had never heard before, creating genuine confusion.

Wikipedia: Monty Python
Monty Python (sometimes known as The Pythons) was a British surreal comedy group who created Monty Python's Flying Circus, a British television comedy sketch show that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969. Forty-five episodes were made over four series. The Python phenomenon developed from the television series into something larger in scope and impact, spawning touring stage shows, films, numerous albums, several books and a stage musical as well as launching the members to individual stardom. The group's influence on comedy has been compared to The Beatles' influence on music.

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