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John Cleese On How To Irritate People [VHS]
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John Cleese leads a team including Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, Connie Booth and Tim Brooke-Taylor in a series of sketches demonstrating how to wind people up most effectively. Filmed in front of a live audience in the late Sixties, the show features 'Airline Pilot', a sketch billed as a lost classic of British comedy.
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Half the Python team is here: Cleese, Chapman and Palin, plus Connie Booth pretending to have an English accent. The team clearly learnt by the mistakes they make here. I cannot recall Palin ever again browning up to play an Indian, for example. Every sketch here ends on a punch-line -- one of the rules the Python team was determined to abandon.
The other key player is Tim Brooke-Taylor who, it has to be said, plays a very fine old lady -- certainly up to the standard later set by Terry Jones. It has to be said that Graham Chapman also does not put a single foot wrong, but this film was made before the rest of the Pythons became aware of his drink problem.
There are a number of proto-Python sketches -- the 'Freedom of Speech' sketch, for example, is clearly a practice run for the 'Tell us about your latest film, Sir Edward' sketch in the first Python film. The 'First Letter of the Alphabet' sketch is an ancestor of the 'Spot the Brain Cell' sketch you can hear on 'Monty Python at Drury Lane'. Although most scenes were written by Cleese and Chapman, it's intriguing to see Marty Feldman's name appear on the credits.
But in the main, this is sub-Python humour -- an important historical document for Python completists in the same sense as those unobtainable items such as 'Do Not Adjust Your Set' on DVD, the Bert Fegg book and those three missing episodes of 'Ripping Yarns'. Coming to it new, I didn't find it as funny as many of the other reviewers here. Sorry.
I emplore any one with a slightly warped sense of humour to buy this film, if your wife, girlfriend, husband or boyfriend already gets annoyed with you constantly quoting Pyhton sketches then get ready to be single, this is not a film for those who get irritated easily, it's not just a clever title you know!!
This film made our young dull lives that little bit more liveable, and has brought a smile and a laugh to our faces when we think of it now, thirteen years after we last saw it, any film that can do that is well worth watching.
So, if you like John Cleese, you'll probably like this. A very enjoyable collection.
All in all, John Cleese and Monty Python pals Michael Palin and Graham Chapman have made a really clever and funny film which makes fun of society and provides some very helpful hints on how to be annoying.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not up to Monty python but well woth adding to any collection. I think many of the exampels or irritating human actions are well studied and just as maddining today.Published 7 months ago by Mr. Colin J. Todd
As with most movies the bad guy viewer never relates to the bad guy in the film, as an irritating person will not recognize his/her self in this skit. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Bernie
Awesome I recently read the john Cleese biography it was a gift but ended up totally enjoying have made a note of some of the dvds mentioned to better understand
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It is a typical John Cleese story very similar to many of his training videos that I have seen at work but more funPublished on 12 Mar. 2014 by Mark
This collection of short-ish sketches is timeless Pythonesque quality - although not Python, they feature a young JOHN CLEESE together with other performers, including fellow... Read morePublished on 13 Nov. 2012 by Miki J
Great little Sketches from parts of the MP Crew so if you like them... you will also like this DVDPublished on 26 Feb. 2012 by littlewanker