We’re all big geeks and long-time fans of Monty Python around here at Frock Flicks HQ. One of the great things about Python, both the TV series and the movies, is how often they worked in historical and literary bits into their jokes. After all, the members were quite erudite, half having met at Oxford, the other half having met at Cambridge. Many of their comedy sketches made use of the BBC costume wardrobes to good effect, and their first two feature films were surprisingly decent period efforts. But it’s the wordplay, weaving historical fact and literary allusions in with contemporary concepts that make for hilarity.
There are more well-known sketches, but I thought I’d pick some slightly obscure ones for today’s top five. Enjoy!
5. It’s Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Monty Python’s Flying Circus
4. Philosophers Football – Monty Python’s Fliegender Zirkus
3. Dennis Moore – Monty Python’s Flying Circus
2. Romans Go Home – Monty Python’s Life of Brian
1. Sir Galahad in Castle Anthrax – Monty Python and the Holy Grail
What’s your favorite Monty Python historical sketch?