Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Monty Python’s Name Game

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Would Monty Python’s Flying Circus been as popular if the comedy troupe had stuck with its original name?

That’s a question that its members have wondered for more than 30 years, especially after considering names like “Owl Stretching Time,” “A Horse, A Spoon And A Bass” and “Toad Elevating Moment.”

At one point, the group settled on “Bun, Wackett, Buzzard, Stubble And Boot” and, as troupe member Terry Jones puts it, “everybody seemed quite happy with that.”

Except for the bosses at the BBC, who insisted on a sensible name with the words, “The Circus,” since that had been the show’s working title.

The group was forced to hold an 11th-hour meeting where they decided it should be “Somebody’s Flying Circus.”

Jones says John Cleese proposed using “a nasty thing, like a python” and Eric Idle chimed in with, “And maybe his Christian name is like a seedy agent, like Monty.”

The rest, of course, is history that can be repeated over and over again, thanks to a new DVD set, The Complete Monty Python’s Flying Circus 16-Ton Megaset, which hits stores today (Sep. 27).

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