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Description - Monty Python's Tunisian Holiday by Kim Howard Johnson

In 1978, Kim "Howard" Johnson ran away to join the circus-Monty Python's Flying Circus, that is. The Pythons converged on Tunisia to film their timeless classic Life of Brian, and Howard found himself in the thick of it, doubling for nearly all the Pythons, playing more roles in the film than John Cleese, and managing to ruin only one shot. He became the unit journalist, substitute still photographer, Roman soldier, peasant, near-stalker, and, ultimately, friend and confidant of the comedy legends. He also kept a detailed journal of what he saw and heard, on set and off, throughout those six weeks. The result is a unique eyewitness account that reveals the Pythons at work and at play in a way that nothing else written about them could do. Now, for the first time ever, the inside story of the making of the film is revealed through the fly-on-the-castle-wall perspective. Even the most diehard fans will get a fresh take on the comedy greats through some never-before-revealed nuggets of Python brilliance: what John Cleese offered to exchange for suntan lotion; Terry Jones directing in drag; Michael Palin's secret to playing revolutionaries and peasants; Graham Chapman gets naked; Terry Gilliam gets filthy; Eric Idle haggles; the secret of the Thespo-Squat; Mrs. Pilate; talk of George Harrison; the cake-flinging that jeopardized the production; badminton, impromptu cricket, and erotic frescoes; and the first-ever presentation of "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life." Here, uncensored, are the legendary Pythons in their prime. It was a period of comedy history that will never be duplicated, and Monty Python's Tunisian Holiday captures the wit, the genius, and the sheer silliness of the six men that comprised Python.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781400110438
ISBN-10: 1400110432
Format: CD-Audio
(137mm x 163mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Tantor Media, Inc
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
Publish Date: 24-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Kim Howard Johnson

Kim "Howard" Johnson is the author of several books on Monty Python, including "The First 280 Years of Monty Python." Johnny Heller has won two prestigious Audie Awards, earned numerous Audie nominations, and was named one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by "AudioFile" magazine.Simon Vance has recorded over four hundred audiobooks and has earned over twenty "AudioFile" Earphones Awards, including for his narration of "Scaramouche" by Rafael Sabatini. He is also the recipient of five coveted Audie Awards, including one for "The King's Speech" by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi, and he was named an "AudioFile" Best Voice of 2009.