Now can you guess what member of Monty Pythons Flying Circus has an asteroid, a train carriage, and a stammering children's unit named after of him? Nooo! P*sss Offf! It's not that git, Cheese! It's that nice one. The one that spoke to Dick Cavett for about 60-minutes in 1981. You know... Sarah something.
Dick Cavett - Michael Palin
- I suppose you could say that I am more conventional than the rest of Python. Which isn't saying much, ha!
- I find that some people may be more wary of me because of my job.
- I can't remember many jokes. I'm useless at it.
- Communally we were a lot stronger together in Python, than we are apart. But over time it did get a bit too much for some of us, because they did need some space of their own. Particularly John.
- I was so bad at performing to a room of physiatrists; I eventually decided to make it my vocation.
- At the beginning nobody liked Python at all. Even our own friends didn't know what to say to us.
- The English like uniform I think; and dressing up in general.
- Rats have had a very bad press. Damn that plague.
- Outside of the group we all want to be recognised for our own merits. Not our name in lights. Just something that we can take the blame for individually
- The Parrot Shop sketch came about when I told John a story of when I sent my new car to the mechanics to be fixed.
Now out of all the things said in this show, what I loved most about it was how both Dick and Michael kept on poking fun out of 'structured engineers'. It was as though this profession became a common ground so both interviewer and interviewee could communicate their point of view across at any given moment. Moreover, I did like hearing how Michael saw Python as 'a temporary unit', which would one day go on and do their own thing (boy, how true was that).