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Such simple skits such as The Silly Walk and Argument Clinic sums up the intelligent, sophisticated, repressed British character brought starkly into contrast with total absurdity while both sides work in perfect harmony. Much of the Python?s television programming did resemble live theatrical productions with the music, audiences and quick costume changes. ?It was much more like theatre than television because we had a limited amount of time. There was a wonderful theatrical feeling,? (Howard 46) says Hazel Pethig, a former costume director for the show.As the show progressed it?s structure began deviating further and further away from the concept of conventional form of theatre sketches which had a beginning, middle, and an end, episodic, another likening to Shakespeare?s

style. By deviating from such set standards the troop did pave the way into contemporary theatre for such topics, that just ten years earlier would have never have gotten past the initial idea stage. Python set the way for following sketch comedies such as Saturday Night Live and Kids in the Hall and television shows such as Cheers and Faulty Towers. Many of the sketches that were performed were considered taboo subjects to be discussed, let alone visually acted out, on British television which lead to many arguments concerning censorship between Python and the BBC. Many say that the shows, not merely just television episodes but theatrical shows, were a triumph of style over substance, ?it should be noted that the group broke new comedic ground in their use of such less than

traditional themes such as cannibalism, royalty, and dismemberment? (Howard xvii). The material presented in the Python bits are solid in their material and represent one of the high points in British comedy and even more important is the way that Python aided in shaping and changing performance comedy for a new generation of viewers.The exact influence that Monty Python has had on contemporary theatre as well as television is rather ambiguous at best, although wherever avant garde, anarchic, or innovative comedy appears a Python influence is a strong possibility. An online dictionary even states the word Pythonian as anything involving satirical humor and comedic ingenuity. Monty Python not only set precedents for television production but also for the theatre stage, once the

show ended its four year television fun on December 5, 1969 the comedic troupe took their satirical perspectives back to the theatre stage where the cast began their careers.Ingenuity ran rampant with the transition from screen to stage. The cast involved the audience in many of their skits while bring the acting right into the very rows besides the few fervently dedicated members that chose to dress in costume as their favorite character from a skit. Since the television program was interluded with snippets of animation that also was brought to the stage by the aid of giant screens set up stage left, stage right, and center stage. The screens would project the important animation during costume and scenery changes, even lyrics to follow along to the songs with, and even the

actors faces would appear on those screens so that those sitting in the back of the theatre were able to view the facial expressions. Monty Python could almost be considered vaudeville in the way that it relied not only on the words of its actors but also the physical and emotional actions as well.As well as conquering the stage and screen, the Python troop set out to conquer the fabled silver screen with three major motion pictures of their own; Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Life of Brian, and The Meaning of Life. A central topic in the trio of films seems to be religion, another of those controversial subjects that the troupe enjoyed to tackle. Such usage of material called for a ban placed up on the secondary film, The Life of Brian, in many of the southern states even

though it was heralded by film festivals and critics alike. Protesters felt that the film was sacrilegious to the Christian religion for the main character?s life paralleled that of Jesus Christ. Though the band of actors only seemed to feed off of such publicity, negative as it was. What was overlooked what the impact of the film, the intelligently savvy and highly sardonic way that the characters were portrayed. In on scene, the character Stan decides that from then on he wishes to be called ?Loretta? because he wants to be a woman and make babies. Many non-Python fans just brushed aside that scene as just trash, ignoring the following lines of ?How about we agree that you have the right to have babies ? (The Life of Brian, August 1979). In The Meaning of Life, the second scene