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Tagged by @moonfox22
One song: “Low Spark of High Heeled Boys” by Traffic
Two movies: The Princess Bride and Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Three TV shows: Star Wars: Clone Wars, Veronica Mars and Brooklyn 99
Four People: Ada Lovelace, Jane Austen, Emily Dickinson, and Bill Nye
Five foods: chocolate!, homemade pizza, fruit salad, French onion soup, phò
Six people to tag: at my six latest followers, @mariapaulasilva14, @veritas-luna, @nemrac78, @luluvel, @sztrashcan, and @beallionare

“She [Blue] does like her mother’s music—she watches [Beyoncé’s concerts] on the computer every night. But my album came out and I don’t know if Blue ever heard any of my music prior to this album—she’s only 18 months old and I don’t play my music around the house. But this album was new, so we played it. And she loves all the songs. She plays a song and she goes, ‘More, Daddy, more … Daddy song.’ She’s my biggest fan. If no one bought the “Magna Carta”, the fact that she loves it so much, it gives me the greatest joy. And that’s not like a cliché. I’m really serious. Just to see her—‘Daddy song, more, Daddy.’ She’s genuine, she’s honest, because she doesn’t know it makes me happy. She just wants to hear it.”

- Jay Z
Vanity Fair, October 2013 (x)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail is the greatest comedy in the world and let me tell you why

From literally the very first credit to the last credit, the movie is throwing a joke at you.

And you know what?

I can’t think off a single joke that’s offensive.

Except maybe to mooses.

There’s a few inappropriate jokes here or there (especially when you meet Zoot) and the jokes aren’t going to be for everyone.

But not once do they try to make a joke that’s racist, homophobic, ableist, sexist, etc. The only thing that comes close to offensive are the jokes about an effeminate prince and even then, you’re not necessarily laughing at him so much as you’re laughing at the people’s reactions. 

Other than that, almost every single one of the jokes in the movie depend on silliness.

The coconut scene, the Black Knight scene, the Knights Who Say “Ni”, the opening credits, the rabbit, the transitions, the Knights of the Round Table song, the bridge questions, the goddamn ending which is the single greatest ending in cinematic history!

These are just some of the dozens of famous scenes which rely on nothing more than pure and utter silliness!

And it’s wonderful!

There’s a reason that this movie has a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes! The jokes are genuinely hilarious! The quotes are memorable! The movie came out forty years ago and people are still quoting it!

And I keep thinking about how so much humor today is derived from pain and offending someone. So many people are complaining whenever their jokes are booed for being offensive. So many shows like Family Guy and some internet celebrities are trying to excuse their horrid behaviors by saying that you can’t have comedy without tragedy. 

Yes you can!

A forty-year-old movie that still holds up today proves that!

I mean, anyone who’s been following me for awhile knows that I’ll constantly bring up things like Looney Tunes, Animaniacs, etc. Because I’m a huge fan of nonsensical, silly, looney, zaniness. It produces some of the best, non-offensive, timeless comedy. And Monty Python and the Holy Grail nailed it!

Instructions on how to use the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch
  1. And the Lord spake, saying, First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin.
  2. Then, shalt thou count to three, no more, no less.
  3. Three shalt be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shalt be three.
  4. Four shalt thou not count, nor either count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three.
  5. Five is right out.
  6. Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who being naughty in my sight, shall snuf it.

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