It's Not Easy to Find a Good Comedy at the Movies These Days

Jul 7, 2014

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I'm pretty sure that in the summer of 1992, somebody tried to tell me about Monty Python's Flying Circus. I didn't get it, and there weren't that many chances to  break in as a Python fan. Their actual television show didn't begin airing on public TV in America until October of 1974. Then, in the space of about two years, they changed the face of American comedy. 

Monty Python had, of course, already changed the course of British comedy. In some ways, though, their American impact was more drastic and, of course, double-barreled. This hour, we talk to a much younger fan who has finally realized her goal of seeing these men, now all in their 70s, do a live show. We also dip into the World Cup and baseball's link to God. 

In the second part of the show, we talk to New York Times critic A.O. Scott about the dearth of great movie comedies in the 21st century. The number of comedies released by the major studios has been steadily decreasing for the last few years. While there are fewer Americans going to the movies, globally, the movies are booming. 

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