Review: ‘Monty Python’s Tunisian Holiday’

Mike Gold

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7 Responses

  1. mike weber says:

    The hell with the "Munden's Bar" story. Finish the Bonzo book.

    • Mike Gold says:

      Truth be told, the Bonzo book was a tease. I'd love to see Howard write it, and I think he's eminently qualified.By the way, there was a Bonzo Dog Band 40th Anniversary Reunion DVD (…) released two years ago. Obviously Vivian Stanshall couldn't make it, being long dead, but they recruited Adrian Edmondson, Stephen Fry, Phill Jupitus, and Paul Merton to fill in for him.

      • mike weber says:

        I saw that.'Twas a strange and lonely thing to be a US Bonzos fan in the 1970s…

        • Mike Gold says:

          That's how I discovered Monty Python. I was disc jockeying an "underground radio" — segue radio; free-form rock; progressive rock — show back in 1970 and I played a lot of the Bonzos. Somebody called in and told me the Bonzos had broken up, but there was this comedy troupe called Monty Python's Flying Circus and I should check 'em out. I did, and became one of the first, and very few, to play the Pythons on commercial radio back in those pre-PBS days. That got me an on-air interview with Chapman and Jones, and a few amazing conversations with Gilliam.And a bond with Kim Howard Johnson.

          • Russ Rogers says:

            My brother gave me a boxed set of Do Not Adjust Your Set. This was a BBC children's show that predated Python. It featured Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band with Neil Innes. There are even some cameos by Terry Gilliam! It's not hilarious stuff. But you can see how this show contains the seeds of Python humor. And I think it's essential for rabid Python or Bonzo Dog band fans.

      • Neil Ottenstein says:

        Now I have one more thing on my Amazon wish list. Thanks.

  2. Howard Johnson says:

    Thanks for the kind words Mike! Those were some mighty good days. And mighty important to me as well. If I hadn't met the Pythons, I might not have met you (I wonder if anyone remembers that Chicagocon where I previewed Brian and first did my slide show?), and if I hadn't met you, I might never have met Del. BTW, I saw Neil a couple of months ago, and I urged him to write the Bonzo book. It's an amazing, terrifying, hilarious story–and that's only the 40th reunion!And thanks for the kind words on MP's Tunisian Holiday. Just mentioning it in the same sentence as Michael Palins's Diaries is high praise indeed. It was peculiar, but fun, to revisit myself and the Pythons 30 years ago, and remembering what I had long forgotten. Except the lack of sex. That part of it has always been crystal clear…