Whenever anyone mentioned Monty Python’s Flying Circus back in the 1970s, friends would burble appreciatively and even clutch their sides as they chortled about dead parrots and funny walks.
Meanwhile, I smiled weakly and nodded my head unconvincingly. I never found the programme amusing, but couldn’t be bothered to go against the flow.
I’ve long realised the phrase ‘cult comedy’ actually means ‘the majority of people can’t see the joke, but are afraid to admit it.’
So it was with a quiet sense of vindication that I read Python team member Terry Jones shared my lack of enthusiasm all along. He thought it was only ‘occasinally funny.’ I wish I could have mustered that much enthusiasm.