I’m about halfway through Monty Python Speaks, a sort of oral history of the show, the movies, and everything else Python. I happened to find a copy while I was at the library trying to convince the desk clerk I returned the copy of The Geek Feminist Manifesto that I checked out last year. While she was on the phone talking to the branch that alleged I kept the copy for myself, I wandered over to the shelf of staff picks and my eye was immediately drawn to the obviously Gilliam-influenced cover art of the book, flipped it open, and started reading about how the Python boys got started in comedy, how they got together for the series, how they wrote material, how they filmed it and, eventually, how they started to get on one another’s nerves.
I’m a total geek for this stuff. I took the book home and I’ve been reading it almost non-stop ever since. Right away, an odd thing happened: I was reading about how they developed characters for the sketches and they kept on naming a character I couldn’t recall ever hearing about. I’m a pretty hardcore Python fan. I can’t recite whole shows from memory any longer (I could when I was a teenager, though), but I can tell you all about the sketch you’re going to see if you show me the first five seconds of the video. Yet somehow I couldn’t recall this Mr. Neutron guy they kept mentioning, so I searched the internet and of course I got my choice of about ten thousand videos to watch. It was an episode from Monty Python Season 4 I couldn’t recall ever seeing. It kind of rocked my world. I was so sure I’d seen them all. So now I’ll have to start at the beginning and watch them all. I’m going to get very little sleep this next week.