How to Irritate People (Castle Communications). [Category: Outtakes & Obscurities]

This episode of "The David Frost Show" features a pre-Python John Cleese narrating a treatise on "How to Irritate People"––a subject he is definitely an expert on. Graham Chapman and Michael Palin also appear, as well as Connie Booth (Polly on "Fawlty Towers"). The sketches are definitely proto-Python, allowing us to see how Python's lunacy evolved from more conventional sketch comedy. Early versions of the Pepperpots are here, as well as early versions of the Restaurant Sketch (the one with the dirty fork) and the Job Interview Sketch ("Good nigghhhhttttt...a ring-ding-ding-ding!!"). A highlight is a sketch with airline pilots who play some really terrible pranks on the passengers (and forget what I said about Up on Cloud Nine––this really is funny). Not quite as funny as real Monty Python, but Python fans will find this a quite interesting historical relic.

Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.

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