We don't often resort to inter-office messaging, as it were, between us contributors to the blog. However, earlier today the subject of humor came up in conversation between Steve, Kristin (our fan and soon-to-be contributor) and yours truly. Any rational, mature discussion of humor eventually gets around to Monty Python, and this was no exception. Kristin, being by far the youngest of those of us around the table, was a big Python fan but admitted to a lack of familiarity with what we would suggest is one of their most surrealistic bits - the Déjà vu episode:
Boniface (Michael Palin): Good evening. Tonight on 'It's the Mind', we examine the phenomenon of déjà vu. That strange feeling we sometimes get that we've lived through something before, that what is happening now has already happened. Tonight on 'It's the Mind' we examine the phenomenon of déjà vu, that strange feeling we sometimes get that we've ... (looks puzzled for a moment) Anyway, tonight on 'It's the Mind' we examine the phenomenon of déjà vu, that strange...
Cut to opening title sequence with montage of psychiatric photos and the two captions and music over. Cut back to Mr Boniface at desk, shaken.
Boniface: Good evening. Tonight on 'It's the Mind' we examine the phenomenon of déjà vu, that strange feeling we someti... mes get ... that ... we've lived through something...
Cut to opening titles again. Back then to Boniface, now very shaken.
And so on. You get the idea.
Well, come to find that this very bit must have been on our friend Badda-Blogger's mind as well, for he brings it up in this post. (Proving, one would suppose, that great minds truly think alike).
Anyway, Kristin, follow this link and you'll read one of the essential Monty Python bits. (Perhaps it will bring back memories - the feeling that perhaps you've seen it sometime be ... oh, never mind.) I'll expect your report on it by the weekend.