16: Monty Python -- Enough
|Monty Python -- Enough|
Title text: I went to a dinner where there was a full 10 minutes of Holy Grail quotes exchanged, with no context, in lieu of conversation. It depressed me badly.
This comic refers to the classic British sketch comedy group, Monty Python (active primarily during the 1970s and early 1980s) whose humour style was frequently based on surreal jokes that did not make sense. Their sketches are so popular that, as noted in the comic, many fans can repeat the dialogue word-for-word, and often do. This comic points out the inherent irony of repeating a surrealist sketch, as surrealist humour primarily depends on presenting something the audience does not expect. By repeating the sketch verbatim among those who have already seen it, the listeners know and expect the punchlines and jokes. This is akin to a common ironic concept of a teenager who wants to rebel against conformity by doing all the things his friends are also doing.
The Monty Python sketch in question here is the "Knights who say Ni" sketch about a group of knights who protect certain sacred words, including the word "Ni" (pronounced like "knee", but shortened and with more staccato). The image text refers to the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail in which the Knights sketch appeared.
The comic suggests that readers continue in the surreal traditions of Monty Python, and provides an example: The character in panels 3-6 interrupts his retelling of the sketch with what appears to be a traumatic recalling of the time he saw someone run a woman over with his car and kill her, before returning to the sketch. The surreal humour is that the character dismisses the significant and serious comment he has just made by returning to the sketch as if nothing happened.
The image text refers to how fans of Monty Python can go for long periods of time simply quoting the sketches, as one person quotes a sketch, another recognizes it and says another quote without context, assuming everyone will recognize it. Perhaps a more contemporary version of this might be Simpsons or Family Guy quote frenzies.
- Character #1 [Raising his hands]: We are the knights who say... Ni!!
- Two guys and a girl: hahaha
- Does anyone else find it funny that decades later, people are still quoting—word-for-word—a group loved for its mastery of shock, the unexpected and defiance of convention?
- [Two guys looking at a third.]
- Third guy: We are the knights who... Oh, God, I'm so sorry
- [Close up to Third guy's face.]
- Third guy: So sorry, the car just came too fast and
- [Words crumpled inside the panel, there's barely enough space for the third guy.]
- Third guy: She was right there and I saw her and then it was a blur and so much I ran to help didn't know what she wasn't moving I'm so sorry ... so sorry
- [Same two guys looking again at the third guy.]
- Third guy: Anyway, yeah, knights who say "Ni".
- [Written centered, in marquee format.]
- Monty Python:
- Promote surreal humor.
- This is the fifteenth comic originally posted on livejournal. The previous was 15: Just Alerting You. The next was 17: What If. View archive here.
- Original title: "Support Surreal Humor"
- Original Randall quote: "Just sayin'. It's been 30 years now."