This was an amazing first day. First of all, I was happy to find out that I wasn’t the only person that was late, so that was good.
We spent a good amount of time discussing Kim Johnson’s relationship with the Pythons, as well as his work as John Cleese’s assistant, and the literature that he has produced during his time with the Python guys.
We then discussed the writing processes of the different members of Monty Python, how Eric tended to focus on puns & word play, and how no one knew what Terry Gilliam did in his process.
If ever you’re curious about who influenced the Python guys, we talked about that, too. Do yourself a favor & lookup “The Goon Show” by Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers, as well as “Beyond the Fringe”, a show that John Cleese regards as the funniest thing he’s ever seen.
We spent a good deal of time watching a number of both Python sketches & a Peter Cook/Dudley Moore sketch from “Beyond the Fringe” called One Leg Too Few. Absolutely hilarious way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
One thing I took away from class is the idea of playing off of the honesty in any sketch because that’s where true comedy lies: in truth. There’s truth in comedy, and there is comedy in truth.
We read off a few sketches written by the students. We then collaborated on said sketches with ideas & potential alterations to the sketches. I didn’t bring one because I don’t have a working printer.
Ok, that’s a cop out. I didn’t think ahead enough to print off one of my sketches, but I will correct that issue for next Sunday.
This week, I will get to collaborate with a fellow student on *another* student’s sketch.
I’ll keep y’all appraised of the changes & advances in the coming weeks.
Dis gon’ be gud!!