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It's difficult stuff, because humour is very personal. Watch Dave Allen - if you can find his stuff, and I'll howl with laughter the whole way through. But even when Falwty Towers was brand new I found it funny, but only in small, five minute doses. Any more, and I'd be chewing my knuckles with embarrassment. Take this bit: Whose Fault is It? | Fawlty Towers | BBC Comedy Greats - YouTube[^] and it still works perfectly despite all the time that has passed.
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But, I believe, the reason Monty Python was (seemed) so great was because we did not have any forms of humor back then. Well, there was less that was funny and especially less that was avant-garde at that time. Monty Python did things to do them and that is how a lot of technology starts out too. "Let's just see if we can do this thing."
I think you hit on at least two explanations. We aren't teens or pre-teens anymore. Things that are funny change. Swirlies aren't nearly as entertaining when you are 40 vs when you are 13.
The other thing to remember is that TV was still *NEW* in the late 60's and early 70's. These guys were experimenting with things they could do in colour as well as a bunch of other new things. We had only had TV for about 10 or 12 years in 1965 in the Texas panhandle and we didn't have PBS. I had to move east for college before I saw them on TV.
In the US, comedy was changing over from Joey Bishop and others to newer stuff like the Smothers Brothers and George Carlin. Jonathan Winters was probably a good US equivalent to what Monty Python was doing.
A lot is also generational. Can you imagine someone trying to pitch Blazing Saddles to a movie company today?
I guess if you fight to understand what they are saying because of their accents, it is hard to find things funny.
I never got some of the British drama. The Prisoner and Space 1999 always seemed surreal to me. Maybe that is what they were going for?
BTW, to the guy who said "UKers": Ooooh. *NO ONE* says that. Brits is a good common name. Most folks don't know that Great Britain is an island and not a country! There are 3 countries on Great Britain.
Right, you! Stop that! You're not even a proper woman!
Now, nobody likes a good laugh more than I do, except perhaps my wife and some of her friends. Oh yes, and Captain Johnson. Come to think of it, most people like a good laugh more than I do, but that's beside the point.
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