The many lessons between Monty Python’s punch lines
Everything I Ever Needed to Know About ____* I Learned from Monty Python
By Brian Cogan, Ph.D and Jeff Massey, Ph.D
Hardcover, 320 pages ($25.99 Thomas Dunne Books, Kindle edition $11.04)
The authors, two profs at New York’s Molloy College, apply their scholarly skills to a entertaining, engaging deconstruction of the work of classic British satire of iconic comedy troupe, showing how it coursed with complex, nuanced references to history, art, literature, language, religion and a myriad of other “intellectual” contexts. Covering the group’s 1969-1973 TV series onward, it’s sure to delight diehard Python fans. But it’s also a hoot for anyone interested in learning more about one of comedy’s most durable acts, whose subversive pop cultural success spread from television to movies and eventually the Broadway stage.
—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine