Wherever you live in this world, New Year’s Eve television can be pretty dire. But this year, down our end of the planet, we were treated to the Monty Python stage show reunion which featured one of the best known and greatest comedy songs of all time – Monty Python’s, The Lumberjack Song.
- Monty Python is a comedy group who worked together between 1969 and 1983. They are best known for their comedy show, Monty Python’s Flying Circus (which aired between 1969 and 1974).
- Producing 45 episodes over four series, Monty Python members, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin, went beyond mere comedy, often using their art to comment on political and social issues.
- From the television series came touring stage shows, films, numerous albums, several books, and a stage musical.
- Monty Python’s influence on comedy has been compared to The Beatles’ influence on music.
- In a 2005 UK poll to find The Comedian’s Comedian, three of the six Pythons members were voted by fellow comedians and comedy insiders to be among the top 50 greatest comedians ever: John Cleese at #2, Eric Idle at #21, and Michael Palin at #30.
- The Lumberjack Song was written by two members of the Monty Python comedy troupe: Terry Jones, Michael Palin; and Fred Tomlinson. Fred was a well-known musician who composed music for shows such as Monty Python’s Flying Circus, The Two Ronnies and And Now For Something Completely Different.
- The Lumberjack Song first appeared on Monty Python’s Flying Circus in mid-December 1969.
- Michael Palin has been quoted as saying The Lumberjack Song was created in about 15 minutes. Monty Python were unable to come up with a suitable conclusion to a barbershop sketch and the song just “evolved.” It has since been used a number of times to complete a number of comedy sketches.
- On 14 November 1975, The Lumberjack Son” was released as a single in the UK. It was produced by a certain Python fanatic by the name of George Harrison and performed at The Concert for George in November 2002, on the first anniversary of his death (with Tom Hanks featuring).
- In the original sketch, the girl is played by Connie Booth, John Cleese’s then-wife.
- The Lumberjack Song lyrics.
the lumberjack song – monty python – 1975 – video
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