Who still knows Marty ? We all know the Pythons, with their genious absurdism.
But who still knows, that Marty was one of the great pioneers of this kind of humor.
1967/68, as he worked with Chapman and Cleese in "The 1948 show", Marty was one of the "Fathers" of Monty Python.
He was the first to show subversive humor, but so funny....
Marty was the first to fool the Royals, the church, mass- tourism and many more things. In the late 60ties he was absolutely a revolutionary comedian.
The only reason that he not became the 7th Python was, like Michael Palin once said : "We had 2 super-ego`s already in our team (John, and Graham)..Three were too many....
The DVD shows us Marty in his own TV shows from the years 1968-1969. Some sketches are really brilliant. In those days however, viewer ratings were dim, and Marty decided to prove his further luck in the USA.
By then, Monty Python took over, the rest we know.
Marty, for me the 7th Python, but, unfortunately, has always remained in their shadow. As being very british, in America he never could unfold his talents as he had wished.
His death, aged 49, during the making of the film "Mutiny on the Mounty" in 1982, was a tragedy.
Now he`s almost forgotten, but not by me.