Thursday, December 10, 2009

Monty Python and Novel Writing

As long as we're on the subject of competitive, goal-oriented novel writing. I have to give you a link to this wonderful radio sketch from Monty Python. (It's from their "Matching Tie and Handkerchief" album - which if I remember right, was a "three sided" vinyl album. The second side had two tracks, which were side by side, and it was sheer luck which one you landed on when you played it.)

Anyway, someone at YouTube has a video up of this sound-only sketch, featuring Novel Writing as a sports event, with Thomas Hardy writing The Return of the Native.

2 comments:

Alexander Quin said...

But this was filmed. I remember seeing it. Any idea where I can find it?

The Daring Novelist said...

There were a few sketches which might have a similar feel (lots of desks out in the middle of the open, people doing ordinary things in front of crowds), but I don't recall this one ever being on the show.

They might have done it in one of their stage shows or something.

(Here's a Wikipedia episode guide to all of the original shows: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Monty_Python%27s_Flying_Circus_episodes )