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The Ministry of Silly Walks Clock

This is definitely good enough for a Research Fellowship on the Anglo-French silly walk! Susanne Lindberg of Indubitably Jetsam tumblr blog created this Ministry of Silly Walks clock featuring John Cleese of Monty Python. [...]

Doctor Who: Mangling History

Doctor Who has a long and noble history of attempting to convey history to its young viewers. It has not always been completely successful, however. Here are a few stories where they dipped into history — but didn’t get the history quite right. The Gunfighters On Doctor Who: The TARDIS arrives in Tombstone, Arizona, just as the Clanton [...]

John Cleese Carefully Considers Your Useless Comments

(YouTube Link) As a hilarious comedian, gentleman, scholar, and founding member of the seminal sketch comedy troupe Monty Python, John Cleese hasn’t lost a bit of his prize winning wit, even after over 40 years in the business. Now, he’s come back to answer to the worst kind of modern critic-the YouTube commenter. Sit back and [...]

John Cleese: Create a Tortoise Enclosure for Your Mind

“I want to be as well-informed as I can possibly be before I die” -John Cleese, in a speech on creativity, sleeping on problems, rewrites, and creating “tortoise enclosures” for your mind by creating boundaries of space and time. This is a brilliant little ten-minute talk for anyone who’s interested in writing or any other [...]

Monty Python: Hilarious & Touching Clips from Graham Chapman’s Funeral

On October 4, 1989, founding Monty Python member Graham Chapman, star of both Holy Grail and Life of Brian, died from cancer. At his memorial service, the remaining Pythons eulogized Chapman in truly appropriate style — by cursing, joking around, but in the end, expressing love for their lost peer. In this clip, watch John Cleese [...]

The Late Movies: the Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes

One of pop culture’s most beloved characters — and some say the most famous fictional character of all time — Sherlock Holmes has been portrayed on screens both large and small by dozens of men. Since I’m posting excerpts from my Sherlock Holmes book all week, I figured I’d make the leap from book to [...]

Monty Python’s 40th Birthday

(YouTube Link) Monty Python’s Flying Circus debuted 40 years ago today. Marc Lee writes in The Daily Telegraph about the origins and development of the troupe: Four decades on, the image of John Cleese’s increasingly hysterical pet-shop customer — pacamac buttoned up, hair plastered down, vowels strangulated — remains one of the most memorable in television history. [...]