Monty Python at Work

Monty Python at Work $20.99

Michael Palin

Published by Nick Hern Books

Drawn from his published diaries, this is Michael Palin's account of the making of the Monty Python TV and stage shows, films, books and albums

Monty Python at Work begins on 8th July 1969 with Palin's diary entry for the first day of filming on the very first episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus

The diary entries that follow up until the opening of their final feature film The Meaning of Life in 1983 chart the tumultuous story of how the now famous shows and films were conceived and brought to life

Palin records the evolution of Monty Python's comic style - the moments of creative inspiration as well as discord and the persistent self-doubt

And the happy accidents that shaped what are now classic comedy moments

He also captures the group's many anarchic exploits such as John Cleese in a bikini, driving a Rent-a-Van up Glencoe in full chainmail and filming Scott of the Sahara on the beach at Torquay

As well as their many battles with BBC suits, budget-conscious film producers, and self-appointed censors

And thanks to Palin's as-it-happened accounts, we are taken behind the scenes to watch with unrivaled intimacy the creative processes that led to the finished work - seeing how it was actually put together

It will delight Python fans everywhere, and be a source of instruction and inspiration to those who seek to follow in their footsteps


"No writer-performer has combined professional hilarity and personal sanity more successfully than Michael Palin. Anyone interested in how comedy happens should hang on his every word" ~ David Mitchell

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