Morecambe and Wise found Monty Python to be “boring” and “annoying” | Morecambe and Wise

Monty Python They weren’t comedic Christians, they were pretty boring boys.

The damned verdict on John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Eric Edel and Terry Gilliam was handed down in 1973 by Morecambe and Wise, Newly discovered movie clips reveal. The comedian duo said they were not only boring, they were “unprofessional” and that was “disturbing”.

The fascinating addition to the history of British comedy emerged from an interview the couple gave to the University of East Anglia’s Nexus student television station while backstage at Norwich Royal Theatre.

in time, Morecambe and Wise, Monty Python was a fellow BBC One, but there was little indication of the comrades in the interview.

He was asked what he thought Monty PythonEric Morecambe joked that he loved the opening and the ending. “It’s a piece in the middle that I don’t like.”

Ernie Wise added, “Sometimes there are five or six minutes of sheer boredom. Then there are three minutes of fun and then another eight minutes of boredom.”

(Back, left) John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones and Eric Edel, with Michael Palin (front), during Monty Python's Flying Circus TV series
(Back, left) John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, and Eric Edel, with Michael Palin (front), during the TV series Monty Python Flying Circus. Photo: Everett Collection / Rex Features

“The way I feel about it is, what they give you, for lack of a better expression, is college comedy. Or college comedy or whatever you want to call it. That’s what they give you,” Morecambe said, wearing a fluffy robe and holding a large cigar. I’m afraid a lot of it is very unprofessional.

“But what makes me laugh, really makes me laugh. And what doesn’t make me laugh, makes me bored.”

The footage was shown to Palin, who admitted she was “slightly injured” but “fascinated”.

It was discovered during the making of the BBC Norfolk A documentary about the county’s “forgotten” television station, Nexus.

Palin told the BBC that it was unusual for comedians to comment directly on each other at the time. “People in the same type of business were very careful about what they said about someone else,” he said.

“It was great that they relaxed. And what’s more interesting is what they say, because I think that’s what they meant. It didn’t sound particularly brutal—but on the other hand, it was very clear what they felt.”

Morecambe and Wise are still seen as Britain’s greatest double act And at that time she was approaching the peak of her popularity. Their shows on BBC One were attracting an audience of around 20 million.

Monty Python was a newcomer to comedy, First broadcast at 10.55pm on Sunday night in October. Not many expected the show to go on.

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