A few days ago my son and I went to the Lynn Auditorium for a screening of the classic movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail which was followed by a Q & A session with comedy giant and founding member of Monty Python troupe, John Cleese.

Massachusetts is a heavily blue state (Clinton by 28) and one of the most politically correct states in the nation so I was pleasantly surprised that as the hall was filling up that the various Monty Python skits playing over the loudspeakers before the start of the movie were uncensored leaving every single liberal triggering utterance intact. I was especially surprised to hear the song “Never be rude to an Arab” played in its entirety. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, it goes like this:

Never be rude to an Arab
An Isreali, or Saudi, or Jew
Never be rude to an Irishman
No matter what you do

Never poke fun at a Nigger
A Spic, or a Wop, or Kraut
And never poke fun at…
(at this point the singer explodes)

Watching the movie was like being at a performance of the Rocky Horror Picture Show with audience members joining in.  It was a very different dynamic seeing the movie in a theater setting as I was too young to see it at the movies when it came out.  The round of applause for the film at the end was loud but not as loud as the cheers and applause as Mr. Cleese took the stage.

After the movie Mr. Cleese took written questions from the audience and questions from his daughter touring with him.  One of the things he did near the end of his presentation was defend ethnic humor which drew a round of applause from me and silence from the people around me. He then told jokes about the French, the Italians and Jews and then stated he was about to tell a Mexican joke noting that when he said that in California you could hear a pin drop in the audience which had no objection to jokes concerning nationalities considered “European” and said word to the effect Do we consider Mexicans so weak and fragile that they can not take a joke , and proceeded to tell his Mexican joke, which got a pretty good laugh.

I couldn’t help but think of Mr Cleese when I saw this article at Stacy McCain’s site concerning a “Comedian” named Hannah Gadsby

In Hannah Gadsby’s highly acclaimed comedy special Nanette, she announces that she’s quitting comedy. Jokes are too simplistic, she says: they convert her trauma into humor and obscure the ugly truth of her story. Comedy, says Gadsby, has prevented her from evolving.
Gadsby isn’t the only comedian taking at least an occasional break from humor. . . .
Having become political comedians, they’re dropping the comedy act and becoming straightforward commentators. Why?
According to Gadsby, comedy is too simplistic a medium.

To say Gadsby’s show is “highly acclaimed” is to say liberals like it.

Stacy rightly asks

Is this a comedy routine or a Gender Studies lecture? To invite an audience to your personal pity party, celebrating your victimhood — your status as a marginalized person — is stupendously arrogant. 

But Stephen Green at PJ media gets to the heart of the matter in three sentences.

The short answer is: Killing your career is easy; comedy is hard.

The slightly longer answer is that comedy has been infested with leftism, and modern leftism cannot brook dissent. And without dissent, there is no comedy.

Now full disclosure, I’ve never heard of Gadsby before today, I don’t know her humor and I’d not heard of her special Nanette until I read these pieces, but I can make two predictions with full certainty.

Right now John Cleese is 78.  He sold out the Auditorium in Lynn, people were lined up to buy swag and others paid a premium to meet him and get items signed.  He will likely sell out any venue around the world that he chooses to do his comedy for as long as he chooses to do it.  Long after he and all the other pythons are dead and gone people will be reciting the Dead Parrot Sketch, Mimicking his silly walk and laughing at their comedy and spending their hard earned dollars, Pounds and Euro’s to buy them.

Hanna Gadsby graduated high school in 1995 I’ll guess she’s about 40 so therefore in 40 years or so she will be as old as Mr. Cleese’s age today.  I sincerely doubt that at 78 we will see her on tour selling out showings of Nanette with adoring audiences taking Q & A from her, lined up to buy swag or pay a premium to meet her and get items signed.  In fact I’d wager thirty years you’d be hard pressed to find people who know who she is.

A final thought, Cleese, one of the finest comedy writers and performers of the 20th century, noted how difficult comedy is in an era where Kim Kardashian is meeting with the president of the United States on prison reform, but as taking down the self-important was a trademark of the Pythons I’d wager he would be able to write a hilarious skit about the self-absorbed Hanna Gadsby in his sleep with both hands broken.

Cue Terry Jones:

Cue Terry Jones

Update: The difference between Cleese and Trevor Noah? Cleese would have told his critics to C* O and then followed with a chorus of the above mentioned song. Plus nobody will remember who Noah is in 30 years either


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When I saw this tweet from the Atlantic:

I was shocked. Not by the fact that neither the Atlantic nor any other liberal publication would ever question abortion based on ending the life of a male, but that they had violated one of the new commandments of the modern left.

The very fact Atlantic has dared to suggest that there is such a thing as “male” and “female” and that such a thing exists in the womb before said child can even be exposed to social construct is a case of liberal heresy.

I await the massive condemnation of the Atlantic by all comers and their boycott by states and celebrities all over.

Break out the stoning scene:

Now you might think that stoning is a tad rough here but as the left has decreed that Monty Python is not comedy but a blueprint for life, I guess we have to do it.

Toilet and trash canBy John Ruberry

Below, courtesy of Monty Python’s Life of Brian, is more proof that there is a Monty Python bit for every occasion, even when the characters are living in the first century AD.

Stan: I want to be a woman. From now on I want you all to call me Loretta.
Reg: What!?
Stan: It’s my right as a man.
Judith: Why do you want to be Loretta, Stan?
Stan: I want to have babies.
Reg: You want to have babies?!?!?!
Stan: It’s every man’s right to have babies if he wants them.
Reg: But you can’t have babies.
Stan: Don’t you oppress me.
Reg: I’m not oppressing you, Stan — you haven’t got a womb. Where’s the fetus going to gestate? You going to keep it in a box?

Stan/Loretta, presumably has male genitalia. That makes him a man. Another character in that scene, Judith, has female genitalia. She’s a woman. We know that for sure because we later see what the Pythons call her “naughty bits” in the funniest nude scene in the history of cinema.

Liberals, led by their chieftain Barack Obama, side with the Stan/Lorettas of the world, they believe that a person’s gender–biological logic be damned–is whatever they want it to be.

Society somehow survived having separate male and female public bathrooms all of these years. But about a decade ago men-who-think-they-are-women and women-who-think-they-are-men began to demand access to the washrooms and locker rooms that don’t match their body parts.

The Battle of the Bathroom has reached into public schools.

And now Barack Obama’s Justice Department  wants to strong-arm government schools into allowing confused youths–yes, I know what I’m writing–who believe they are a different gender, access to opposite sex washrooms and locker rooms.

What if the schools want to keep their private facilities the way they’ve been for decades?

Federal funding could be shut off–and there will be an open-door policy for peeping toms and rapists in public female bathrooms.

Hope and change baby, especially for the miniscule percentage of the population–0.3 percent, according to the New York Times–that identify as transgendered. I And I suspect that figure is too high.

In his final year of office Barack Obama is putting his final touches on his legacy. To me Obama is the Bathroom President. It’s how I will remember him. His legacy is set in porcelain.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Yesterday yet another video came out concerning the selling of baby bits.

Now I know what your thinking, that’s not the video of planned parenthood haggling over the price of bits of baby. That’s the Haggling scene from Monty Python’s Life of Brian
But here’s the point.

Given that the media desperately doesn’t want to look like Marlene Dietrich in Judgement at Nuremberg, you are more likely to see ABCNBCCNNNYTCBSMSNBC etc show this Monty Python video than give attention to the real thing.

Remember at least the germans in germany had a credible fear of being murdered if they spoke the truth, what’s the MSM’s excuse?

UPDATE: I have a question for the MSM, particularly those who have Jewish or Black African ancestry.

Listen to your defenses of Planned Parenthood and then imagine the defenders of the Final Solution of Germany or the Slave Traders of the 17th & 18th century who were so convinced that the people they were killing or trading were subhuman and ask yourself: If your defenses and deflections on behalf of Planned Parenthood would sound familiar to them, or better yet don’t imagine get the actual arguments of those who made them in the 1940 or before 1860 and see if they don’t have a familiar ring to them.

Update 2: Via NewsBusters the Spanish media is even more egregious that the rest:

top Spanish-language television networks have almost entirely ignored the undercover video, made by the pro-life organization Center for Medical Progress that recorded Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Deborah Nucatola explaining her organization’s involvement in trafficking the body parts of aborted babies. So far in this media segment, MundoFox alone has mentioned the scandal during a national evening newscast. Anchor Rolando Nichols read a brief tease of a single story on the subject, which aired on the network’s less viewed late-night news program. To his credit, Nichols used strong words in referring to the matter.

One must remember that they dare not alert their heavily Catholic audience of the type of stuff Democrat candidates support otherwise they might choose to vote with their souls in mind.

the latest in my series of why This administration is like Monty Python.

The administration has been avoiding releasing the numbers now we know why.

Six people out of 4.7 million people. That works out to a sales rate of one ten thousandth of one percent.

Cure the Pythons

Key quote:

Interviewer: So, in, er, three years you’ve spotted no camels?

Spotter: Yes in only three years. Er, I tell a lie, four, be fair, five. I’ve been camel spotting for just the seven years.

Bottom line the signature achievement of this administration has with the power, money and workforce of the federal government behind them has barely managed to outdo Camel & Yeti spotters…

…in only three years!

No wonder they didn’t want those numbers out.

I have a much more serious post that I’m working on but when I saw this passage from Stacy McCain’s post today via the LSU student Newspaper:

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will make an appearance on campus Thursday at a Tea Party forum hosted by the LSU College Republicans.

The event is a Tea Party forum and straw poll, according to Austin Stukins, state grassroots coordinator for Louisiana Team Gingrich 2012. Stukins is an interior design junior at the University.

…this Monty Python skit came instantly to mind

Now any excuse to embed a python skit is generally a good thing but this skit has interesting cultural implications:

In their time the Pythons were considered on the edge of cultural change. Most of the surviving members of the group are rather far to the left politically and the late Graham Chapman (the officer in the sketch) was famously gay, but consider for a second two things:

1. There is absolutely no way this skit could be made in 2012 without massive objections and protests being made.

2. There is likewise absolutely nobody in the Hollywood left who would condemn the Pythons as racists, bigots or homophobes

Something to think about

On of the advantages of age combined with Wealth is you tend not to care what other people think.

So I’m sure that John Cleese is not going to lose any sleep over this:

Cleese, who is performing in Sydney, was asked on Australian TV what he thought of last month’s riots around the UK.

He replied: “I’m not sure what’s going on in Britain. Let me say this, I don’t know what’s going on in London because London is no longer an English city.

“That’s how they got the Olympics. They said, ‘We’re the most cosmopolitan city on Earth’, but it doesn’t feel English.

“I had a Californian friend come over two months ago, walk down the King’s Road and say to me, ‘Well, where are all the English people?’

“I love having different cultures around but when the parent culture kind of dissipates, you’re left thinking, ‘What’s going on?’ ”

Even more ironic the people who rightly celebrate Cleese as a comic genius who mocked English culture for decades seem to be less tolerant of his words today.

It’s a sad statement on England but at least it’s an excuse to embed Python.

So apparently the life of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and all those lives lost in Mexico to criminals with arms allowed to cross by Operation fast and furious were to justify further Gun Control

…which is of course all about saving lives.

It’s pretty sad when the Administration mirrors Monty Python