And now for something completely different …except, well, we know we did a Monty Python post just last week. But when we saw that their hilarious (and most likely very blasphemous) film Life of Brian was on today’s schedule (it airs at 8:25 p.m. ET), we knew we had to do another one. Besides, the last post was on our favorite sketches from Monty Python’s Flying Circus, while this one is our favorite sketches from Life of Brian. And that is something completely different.
Life of Brian stars all the regular Pythons (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin) plus an assortment of Romans, lepers, centurions, Jews and George Harrison all living just as the times are achangin’ from B.C. to A.D. Life is hard for most (except for the aqueducts and, you know, the advent of peace) but especially hard for Brian, who was born in a manger the same night as a certain Messiah. Despite protesting his holy status, Brian is plagued by lepers, alms seekers, and others who don’t believe the mistaken identity. Brian’s misery is delightfully hilarious and if you never watch another Monty Python musical, sketch, or movie in your life, watch Life of Brian. It’s good enough for Jehovah.
Here are our five favorite bits from Monty Python’s Life of Brian:
“Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”:
Don’t Laugh, “Biggus Dickus”:
“That Bit of Halibut Was Good Enough for Jehovah!”:
“He’s Not the Messiah, He’s a Very Naughty Boy.”:
“What Have the Romans Ever Done For Us?”:
And for you Latin nerds, “Romans Go Home”:
Monty Python’s Life of Brian airs on IFC at 8:25 p.m. ET