Laughter here and laughter there

smilie haystack

I wrote about laughter before back in 2014 so this is kind part 2 of that. Find it here. Besides writing, laughing is a good medicine for my mental health. I love laughing. I can’t get enough of old comedies like Frasier or The Golden girls. I also love British humour. The old stuff mostly. I don’t only like comedy but also humour in general. Even in action movies, some humour is good. Not hilarious but funny moments. The reason I love Guardian of the galaxy is for the humour. Even in Thor. Some say the humour in Ragnarok was unnecessary but I think that’s what makes it so good. It’s definitely not a movie for humourless people.

It doesn’t take much for me to laugh. Even making funny faces makes me full of laughter. It’s not how things are said, it’s about how they’re said. Humour it’s not only about how to tell a joke. It’s so much more. It’s about witty remarks and even sarcasm. I absolutely loved House MD, you know with Hugh Laurie. I still laugh when I see quotes from the TV show. Again, it’s not about what he said, it’s about how he said it and Laurie’s facial expressions were priceless. That’s what made it such a great show. I usually don’t go for black comedy but some are good. Like Fargo, the movie.

So laughter is a good remedy for everyone. It might not make your life longer but at least you have a good time. Without humour, life would be full of sorrow and that’s not very nice, is it?


An evening with Monty Python

The Dead parrot sketch

This week’s Weekly challenge looks quite interesting. I have at least 10 drafts saved so I do this editing thing quite a lot. I decided to write about the event. I was going to write about it anyway so this task is perfect for that.

So I went to see Monty Python live (mostly) on Sunday in our local movie theater. It was live via satellite from London’s O2 Arena. I was really looking forward to it. The show was supposed to start at 9 pm but it didn’t. I guess they just wanted people to get there on time. On screen there were a clock showing when the show would start. The songs of Monty Python was played and then they showed stuff from behind the scenes. In between there were a quiz about them that the audience could answer between their friends if they wanted. Then they showed two videos made by fans that had won a competition. The videos were their version of a Monty sketch. One of them were the fish slapping sketch.
To make this story short. The show was great. There were music numbers, sketches and a few surprises. There was a sketch called ‘Blackmail’ It was a TV show where they ‘blackmailed’ celebrities about their deepest secrets. They led in a person to the stage with a paper bag over their head. And then they moved the bag and there was Mike Myers. Now that was a surprise. He said it was an honor to be on the stage with Monty Python and who wouldn’t agree.
What was really great was that they had the song ‘Finland’ in their show and during that song, 3 dancers with blond wigs were waving Finnish flags on stage. Of course the whole movie theater cheered and clapped.
The funniest was the Dead parrot and the Cheese shop sketch where John Cleese and Michael Palin forgot their words. They did it in style which made it funny. Bloopers on stage. They included Graham Chapman in the dead parrot sketch. So when someone had died, you could say “joined Doctor Chapman” Or maybe it was ‘meet’ Anyway, that’s the way Cleese said.

The show ended with “Always looks on the bright side of life” The audience in London stood up and clapped to show their appreciation.

Even if the show was on the big screen, it still felt like you were really there. The sound system in the theater is great. It didn’t feel like you were in the movie theater at all. I was on a live event once before but it was nothing like this. First I thought, Finns wouldn’t find this kind a humor funny but then why would the whole theater be full otherwise. There were English subtitles so it was easier to follow. The sound went mute for second or two but that’s satellite for you. Some of the audience sighed which was more annoying than the sound going off.

The review in my local newspaper wrote that the audience were mostly over 40 but I think there were more younger ones. At least in the theater I was in.
Outside it was a hot day and you think a movie theater would be cooler. But it was not. I guess there were so many people so the air conditioner wasn’t working the way it should.

I was really pleased about the audience in the theater. Usually Finns seem quiet when it comes to this kind of things. But the atmosphere was good. They were a lot of laughter. But when it comes to Monty Python, every laughter is real. The jokes never gets old. The show was just awesome. I can’t find words to describe it. I’m glad I decided to go. But I knew that as the soon as I found out it would be shown on Finnish movie theaters.

It’s been a great 40 years for Monty Python. Let their humor never die. Comedy and humor have never been the same since.
Long live, Monty Python. You’re great and you know it.