She Turned Me Into A Newt! 40 Years of the Holy Grail.

Posted January 31, 2015 in
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The Holy Grail
Monty Python panel with SLUG’s Gavin Sheehan Photo: Matt Brunk / unlifephotography.com

Monty Python’s The Holy Grail was released in 1975, so this year marks the movie’s 40th anniversary. This panel featured more well-known X96 radio personalities such as Kerry Jackson and Bill Allred, who are both fans of the Monty Python series, as well as a few other guests from local podcasts.

The mix of younger panelists—who were not yet born when the movie was originally released—and the older panelists who got to witness the release first-hand, made for a very interesting panel. It was fun to hear the stories about the movie’s original release and how it was received by its audience. It was also interesting to hear about how people my own age were introduced to the series or movie. Not many people knew of Monty Python’s Flying Circus before watching The Holy Grail, so many people who watched The Holy Grail had no idea what they were in for.

The panel also took time to discuss why The Holy Grail was still popular four decades later. We can blame it on good writing and jokes, that much is true, but a lot of the jokes that they made about religion and politics are still applicable to today. There wasn’t a lot of interaction from the audience aside from the typical few questions they took from the audience toward the end of the panel to kill time. I’m not really sure what I’m expecting when I attend these panels, but they all really seem like college lectures to me. I will admit that this panel was more entertaining than yesterday’s, but it still had a lecture-y sort of feel about it. I really just liked listening to the older panelists reminisce about the release of the film and share some cool stories about how it was filmed.

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