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Elvis and Monty Python

Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:37 pm

An interview with Monty Python recently appeared in the UK version of GQ (http://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/entertainment/articles/2014-04/16/monty-python-interview-2014/). On page 3, the Pythons discuss their famous fans:

Eric Idle: "I never met Elvis, but I did meet his girlfriend, Linda Thompson. I knew already that he called people 'squire' because of the Nudge Nudge sketch and that just freaked me out because he saved my life when I was 14. And we knew that he used to take the boys to the local cinema and watch Holy Grail four times. But Linda Thompson said to me, 'When I was sitting in bed with Elvis he used to make me do Python sketches.' He would say, [assumes female voice] 'I need a new brain.' And she still knew the whole sketch! Isn't that weird?"

Michael Palin: "I remember hearing that Elvis, who I'd never met, loved the Knights Who Say Ni.


The sketch Idle refers to is "Gumby Brain Specialist," from Monty Python's Flying Circus. Gumbies are recurring characters in the show, characterized by their eccentric dress (handkerchief on the head, gumboots, etc) and their incredible stupdity.
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The only thing more surreal than that sketch is the idea of Elvis and Linda reciting it!

Re: Elvis and Monty Python

Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:54 pm

Thanks for the post.

Elvis lived his entire adult life under the most surreal of circumstances: it's perfectly reasonable that the world of Monty Python appealed to him so much.

Re: Elvis and Monty Python

Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:57 pm

Revelator wrote:An interview with Monty Python recently appeared in the UK version of GQ (http://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/entertainment/articles/2014-04/16/monty-python-interview-2014/). On page 3, the Pythons discuss their famous fans:

Eric Idle: "I never met Elvis, but I did meet his girlfriend, Linda Thompson. I knew already that he called people 'squire' because of the Nudge Nudge sketch and that just freaked me out because he saved my life when I was 14. And we knew that he used to take the boys to the local cinema and watch Holy Grail four times. But Linda Thompson said to me, 'When I was sitting in bed with Elvis he used to make me do Python sketches.' He would say, [assumes female voice] 'I need a new brain.' And she still knew the whole sketch! Isn't that weird?"

Michael Palin: "I remember hearing that Elvis, who I'd never met, loved the Knights Who Say Ni.


The sketch Idle refers to is "Gumby Brain Specialist," from Monty Python's Flying Circus. Gumbies are recurring characters in the show, characterized by their eccentric dress (handkerchief on the head, gumboots, etc) and their incredible stupdity.
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The only thing more surreal than that sketch is the idea of Elvis and Linda reciting it!


Oh, I love this topic.

It's no surprise Linda Thompson related that anecdote to the great Eric Idle, as it is certainly true!

For those who don't know, the British comedy group Monty Python is rightly regarded as "the Beatles of Comedy," genius, ground-breaking and influential work that will outlive us all. That Elvis picked up on them as their BBC-TV series program began to air in the U.S. tells us he was not exactly the country bumpkin, as so many liked to believe. He was, once again, ahead of the curve.

This nuanced appreciation of comedy dovetails nicely with his lifelong regard for Stanley Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb," watching it countless times since its 1964 release. Whenever I mention these facts to non-Elvis people, their reaction is great surprise.

Presley's sense of humour, and love of irony and satire, was far more sophisticated than most will ever know.

Monty Python's Flying Circus
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monty_Python's_Flying_Circus
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Re: Elvis and Monty Python

Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:00 pm

Definitely. I already loved Elvis, but knowing that he loved Peter Sellers and Monty Python makes me love him more. It's wonderful to know his sense of humor was on the same wavelength as mine!

Re: Elvis and Monty Python

Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:04 pm

I am not a big fan of Monty Python. But i love Peter Sellers. And Elvis apparently loved the movie "The Party" which i also love. one of the funniest movies ever.

There is a bit of a Elvis connection with Sellers in that Ed Parker appeared in one of the Pink Panther movies. He was a bad guy in it and fought Clouseau.
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Re: Elvis and Monty Python

Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:04 pm

drjohncarpenter wrote:Presley's sense of humour, and love of irony and satire, was far more sophisticated than most will ever know.

Spot on, squire.

Re: Elvis and Monty Python

Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:08 pm

Revelator wrote:Definitely. I already loved Elvis, but knowing that he loved Peter Sellers and Monty Python makes me love him more. It's wonderful to know his sense of humor was on the same wavelength as mine!


That is exactly how I felt when I discovered this.


George Smith wrote:
drjohncarpenter wrote:Presley's sense of humour, and love of irony and satire, was far more sophisticated than most will ever know.

Spot on, squire.


Thank you.

And now, number one.

The Larch.

Re: Elvis and Monty Python

Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:10 pm

drjohncarpenter wrote:
And now, number one.

The Larch.


Not to mention number three.

Re: Elvis and Monty Python

Wed Apr 23, 2014 12:17 am

And now for something completely different....

Seriously, it's not surprising that Elvis enjoyed one of the funniest movies ever, The Holy Grail. I've never heard if he ever got to watch the 12 wonderful episodes of Cleese's Fawlty Towers. It's just as classic.

Re: Elvis and Monty Python

Wed Apr 23, 2014 12:21 am

stevelecher wrote:And now for something completely different....

Seriously, it's not surprising that Elvis enjoyed one of the funniest movies ever, The Holy Grail. I've never heard if he ever got to watch the 12 wonderful episodes of Cleese's Fawlty Towers. It's just as classic.


certainly is......he's brilliant in it....

Re: Elvis and Monty Python

Wed Apr 23, 2014 12:33 am

I'd love to know what Elvis would have thought of Monty Python's Life of Brian. When it was released in the US there was firestorm of controversy from Christian groups who claimed it was offensive and blasphemous (claims usually made without seeing the film, which portrays Jesus in a good light and satirizes the excesses of organized religion). Back when I frequented Elvis newsgroups, I asked Marty Lacker if he thought Elvis would have been offended by Brian. Lacker said absolutely not and I would agree. Had Elvis gotten a chance to see the film, he would have certainly realized there was nothing to get offended about (God's scene in Holy Grail is arguably more "blasphemous" than anything in LoB). My only worry is that he might have been influenced beforehand by all the negative reaction and pressure generated in the South--many folks around him would have undoubtedly badmouthed the film.

Re: Elvis and Monty Python

Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:04 am

How can you not love the Monty Python team? Elvis had a great sense of humour...i just wish he had of lived to see "The Life Of Brian" that would have had him on the floor buzzing his nipples off.

Re: Elvis and Monty Python

Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:12 am

Life Of Brian is funny but Holy Grail is untouchable.

What would he have thought of This Is Spinal Tap?

Re: Elvis and Monty Python

Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:12 am

DEH wrote:I am not a big fan of Monty Python. But i love Peter Sellers. And Elvis apparently loved the movie "The Party" which i also love. one of the funniest movies ever.

There is a bit of a Elvis connection with Sellers in that Ed Parker appeared in one of the Pink Panther movies. He was a bad guy in it and fought Clouseau.



Really? Wow!!! That is incredible, I'd love to see the vision :D :D :D

I adore the fights, they have made me laugh since I was little, so funny, with icecream on top, lol :D

Re: Elvis and Monty Python

Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:14 am

mysterytrainrideson wrote:How can you not love the Monty Python team? Elvis had a great sense of humour....



Thanks, Bruce :D :smt003 :smt003 :smt003

Re: Elvis and Monty Python

Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:16 am

George Smith wrote:Thanks for the post.

Elvis lived his entire adult life under the most surreal of circumstances: it's perfectly reasonable that the world of Monty Python appealed to him so much.




.............and "The Walk" :smt003 :smt003 :smt003

Re: Elvis and Monty Python

Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:17 am

Mountain Misst wrote:
mysterytrainrideson wrote:How can you not love the Monty Python team? Elvis had a great sense of humour....



Thanks, Bruce :D :smt003 :smt003 :smt003

Wolfs nipples chips

Re: Elvis and Monty Python

Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:18 am

stevelecher wrote:And now for something completely different....

Seriously, it's not surprising that Elvis enjoyed one of the funniest movies ever, The Holy Grail. I've never heard if he ever got to watch the 12 wonderful episodes of Cleese's Fawlty Towers. It's just as classic.


He could only have ever seen the first 6 episodes as the 2nd series wasn't aired until 1979.

I've always loved Monty Python and was thrilled when I learned Elvis loved them too ! :)

Re: Elvis and Monty Python

Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:19 am

DEH wrote:I am not a big fan of Monty Python. But i love Peter Sellers. And Elvis apparently loved the movie "The Party" which i also love. one of the funniest movies ever.

There is a bit of a Elvis connection with Sellers in that Ed Parker appeared in one of the Pink Panther movies. He was a bad guy in it and fought Clouseau.



I watched "The Party" between Christmas and New Year, every year for years, when it was played here in Australia. It was a "thing", gosh I had fun watching that movie.

Re: Elvis and Monty Python

Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:31 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:For those who don't know, the comedy group Monty Python are rightly regarded as "the Beatles of Comedy."

Also for those who don't know, over here in Blighty, whilst Python does have it's followers, most of us, find them about as funny, as a fire in an orphanage.

Re: Elvis and Monty Python

Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:35 am

mysterytrainrideson wrote:
Mountain Misst wrote:
mysterytrainrideson wrote:How can you not love the Monty Python team? Elvis had a great sense of humour....



Thanks, Bruce :D :smt003 :smt003 :smt003

Wolfs nipples chips


All time favourite, Bruce :D

You don't mind if I call you Bruce, don't want to cause confusion :smt003 :smt003 :smt003 :smt003

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Re: Elvis and Monty Python

Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:36 am

mike edwards66 wrote:
drjohncarpenter wrote:For those who don't know, the comedy group Monty Python are rightly regarded as "the Beatles of Comedy."

Also for those who don't know, over here in Blighty, whilst Python does have it's followers, most of us, find them about as funny, as a fire in an orphanage.

Right miserable bunch where you are then...

Re: Elvis and Monty Python

Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:38 am

Mountain Misst wrote:
mysterytrainrideson wrote:
Mountain Misst wrote:
mysterytrainrideson wrote:How can you not love the Monty Python team? Elvis had a great sense of humour....



Thanks, Bruce :D :smt003 :smt003 :smt003

Wolfs nipples chips


All time favourite, Bruce :D

You don't mind if I call you Bruce, don't want to cause confusion :smt003 :smt003 :smt003 :smt003

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Don't mind if i call you "big nose".

Re: Elvis and Monty Python

Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:40 am

My Brain hurts :D

Re: Elvis and Monty Python

Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:44 am

mike edwards66 wrote:Also for those who don't know, over here in Blighty, whilst Python does have it's followers, most of us, find them about as funny, as a fire in an orphanage.


Is that why tickets for Monty Python's reunion show on July 1st sold-out in 43 seconds?