Monty Python's Flying Circus has probably saved my life on more than one occasion. When my life gets to that point where nothing makes sense, I love to watch an episode or two. Somehow seeing a knight slap people over the head with a freshly plucked chicken, soldiers mince and prance to catchy rhymes, and barristers burst into song makes me feel as if the world is indeed a safe place full of meaning. From what I understand, the show usually has the opposite sort of effect on people, so it must be true that I am odd. There is something about the nonsense of Monty Python that I need in order for life to make sense. Not that that makes any sense.
Another show I cannot live without is Top Gear. By Top Gear, I mean the original show made in the jolly old UK, not the dreadful knockoff served up over here in the USA because they think we're too stupid to notice the difference. I'm not sure whether it is because I have always loved cars (thank you, Dad'm!), because Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond are just so funny together, or because of the beautiful scenery in every episode, but I am a complete Top Gear addict. I have turned my husband and now my little girl into addicts too; Doldin and I sit around trying to come up with clever Stig jokes (we never can) and The Precious often begs to watch "silly men with cars!"
And then tonight I saw this video. Harry and Paul (a British comedy duo) have made the most brilliant sketch poking fun at Top Gear--and especially Jeremy Clarkson--by remaking and elaborating on the classic Monty Python sketch "Whicker's World." Unlike most attempts of this nature, the sketch is successful and I absolutely love it.
WARNING: contains the "S" word. Also shows a shocking depiction of a bald head. Viewer discretion is advised.
If you have not yet watched Top Gear, and are afraid you might not like it because you are not a "car person" give it a try anyway. My mother is not the least bit interested in cars but found it very entertaining! And if you're not familiar with the "Whicker's World" sketch, I am going to be nice and include it here.