Sketch (Re)discovery

I've recently watched Flying Circus through again after only watching a few favourite clips for ages. And I found myself appreciating sketches I'd half-forgotten, or not particularly noticed or liked before, so I've got a load of new favourites now! I especially enjoyed Graham Chapman's performances in the Language Lab sketch and the New Brain from Curry's sketch. I love how he says 'You've never been south of Sidcup.' Don't ask me why. XD

Anyone else discovered favourites on second, third, fourth, etc impression? How many of your current favourite sketches are ones you loved the very first time you saw them, and how many needed two or more viewings to 'grow' on you?

This, of course, leads to the inevitable question: how different is the Python experience, now we can watch things over & over again on DVD?

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Lvndr HppE: I think I've said this before, but I wasn't fond at all of the Spam sketch the first time I saw it. I just didn't get why people thought it was funny. I think it was the third time I saw it that I found myself laughing at it and singing along with a smile on my face. I think it was the same with the dead parrot sketch. Only, I laughed when I was explaining the sketch to a co-worker. I usually watch one episode a week. That way, it would be almost a year before I see certain sketches again, and they feel almost fresh to me, because I'll watch it and think I've almost forgotten it.

the_thina: havent been through my FC-box enough times to find that Im more drawn to other scetches yet. just havent had it long enough, and the time I have had it has been so turboulent on a personal level so I have just seen the whole thing in a row about 4 times...
but in the movies, that I have had both on vhs and now dvd for ages I find that some things grow on me. for example, the first time I saw meaning of life I didnt think it was not that good at all, if it wasent python I probobly would not bother seeing the whole thing. but now I just have to get it out sometimes to see "find the fish", when gilly gets his liver stolen etc.

Here Comes Another One at 8:17 pm January 07

Meaning of Life grew on me, too - the first time I saw it I only liked Live Organ Transplants and the Galaxy Song - now I love all of it and it's probably my favourite film, not just of Python but of all time.

the_thina at 9:31 am January 08

oh, well... it havent grown on me THAT much yet... haha. but for me, holy grail is easily my favourite comedy of all time. ;)

Colonel Daughter: at the moment I can't find in which episode it is - uff! - but I don't know why I only laughed later (and a lot) with the sketch of the playwright fixated with trains (Jonesy) and the critic who frantically explains his works (Cleese). I thinks it's after the 'timetables/murdr sketch'.

Here Comes Another One at 7:40 am January 07

Haha, I love that one! Neville Shunt with the typewriter is hilarious & Cleese's Gavin Millarrrrr is one of my favourite things he did in FC.

Here Comes Another One: OK, maybe there should be a 'things that are funny because Graham Chapman says them' thread, but since I mentioned one above I just thought I'd add ... in 'The Light Entertainment War' (Series 4) in the link to the Showjumping sketch - 'Ooh, motocross.' Cracks me up every time.

On the main subject of the thread: 'The Light Entertainment War' is my favourite MPFC episode, and the courtmartial scene is my favourite sketch, but it took 2 or 3 viewings before the ep as a whole took over from 'Deja Vu' and 'The Cycling Tour.'

the_thina at 2:16 pm January 07

well, its not "just because"... gray was an extremely funny man, and to be honest probobly the best actor of them all, even when he was drunk as a skunk

Here Comes Another One at 8:15 pm January 07

Yeah, I agree with that.

Lvndr HppE at 10:46 pm January 07

I think the Pythons would agree with that.

Colonel Daughter at 7:20 am January 07

'things that are funny because Graham Chapman says them' thread, "

XD second that

J.Gambolputty at 11:45 am January 07

Hear, hear ;)