I’ve been a casual Monty Python fan for just about as long as I can remember. I can quote a few lines here and there, but I don’t know every skit or anything. Monty Python and the Holy Grail is one of the funniest movies ever, and I laughed until things hurt at Spamalot.

But, according to something I read at Cele|bitchy, Monty Python is a rip off.

Okay, not exactly a rip off, but not entirely original. You know the dead parrot sketch? A 1600-year-old Greek joke book does the same bit, although, you know, with slaves. Does that make it less funny? Maybe now, but at the time, I bet it brought down the house.

This is making me wonder one thing, though — exactly how old is John Cleese?

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