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Parrot Sketch Not Included: 20 Years of Monty Python is a delightful and hilarious compilation of sketches that were created to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the legendary British comedy group, Monty Python. The show, which was produced by Python (Monty) Pictures and aired in 1989, is titled after a tribute to one of Monty Python's most famous sketches, "The Dead Parrot", which is ironically not included in this compilation.
The host of the show is the critically acclaimed American actor Steve Martin, known for his dry wit, comedic timing, and perfect execution. Martin, a self-professed Python enthusiast, opens the show with a characteristic deadpan tone, speaking of the influence Monty Python had on his own comedic style. His role in the show is not just to introduce the classic Python sketches, but also to share some of his own personal experiences and impressions of the legendary British comedy troupe. This adds a personal and unique flavour to the show, blending fresh insight with nostalgic reminiscence.
Parrot Sketch Not Included focuses primarily on showcasing sketches from the four-series run of "Monty Python’s Flying Circus", which aired from 1969 to 1974. It includes a healthy mix of the troupe's best-known skits together with less familiar ones, portraying the breadth of Monty Python's comedic innovation and unparalleled craftsmanship. From surreal sketches like "The Funniest Joke in the World" and "The Cheese Shop", to the surreal animated sequences that would interlock the live-action sketches in their original context, this compilation has it all.
While the show doesn’t follow a linear or chronological narrative structure, it instead offers the joy of unexpected humour, a characteristic trait of Monty Python. The show treats viewers to the amusing, absurd and irreverent comedy Monty Python is famous for, giving no hint at all as to what will come next.
Another notable aspect of Parrot Sketch Not Included is the evolution of the Python members that it subtly captures. Throughout the compilation we see John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Graham Chapman and Terry Gilliam diversifying and adapting, constantly pushing the envelope of comedy. They masterfully tackle everything from the ridiculous, silly, social parody to more intellectual, satirical and even dark comedy. The are both actors and authors of their pieces, demonstrating the formidable range of their talents.
It's also worth mentioning that the show does more than just play old sketches back-to-back. Between the sketches, Steve Martin offers his own hilarious commentary and observations, highlighting unique elements of each skit or the individual comedic styles of the Python members. It feels both celebratory and educational, offering viewers not just laughs but also a deeper appreciation of Monty Python's innovation and legacy.
The show doesn't shy away from addressing the more controversial sketches that Python was famous for. Monty Python was known to push boundaries and dare to tackle topics which were considered taboo at the time. They made fun of everything and everyone, regardless of how sensitive or politically charged the subject. This approach attracted both criticism and admiration, but more importantly, it made people think. This compilation not only reprises these controversial sketches but also embraces them as integral parts of Monty Python's bold comedic vision.
The humor and brilliance of Monty Python, reflected in the 20th-anniversary celebration are timeless. Parrot Sketch Not Included: 20 Years of Monty Python gives a tribute to the irreplaceable comedic genius of the troupe, displaying some of their best and most memorable moments. Whether you are a lifelong Python fan or someone who has yet to be introduced to their unique style of comedy, this show promises to be an entertaining and rewarding watch. From its nostalgic laughter to its insightful commentary, it serves both as a loving tribute and an excellent introduction to the extraordinary world of Monty Python.