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Monty Python, Mel Brooks, or Christopher Guest?

Asked by rockfan (11877points) October 10th, 2017 from iPhone

Which do you like best?

I find Monty Python very funny, but the comedy gets a little frenetic sometimes, especially in Life of Brian. Christipher Guest on the other hand has perfect timing in my opinion, especially the way the ad-libbed dialogue flows from scene to scene in Waiting For Guffman and Best in Show.

As with Mel Brooks, Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles and The Producers are among my all-time favorites, but I think his career went downhill very fast.

So I definitely have to go with Christopher Guest.

What about you?

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Rarebear's avatar

Wow. Good question.
But I think you’re comparing apples, carrots, and cows. They are all so different from each other that it’s hard to compare. Also Monty Python was a troupe, not a person. But you know that

But if I have to pick absolutely one, I’m going to have to go with Mel. He’s in my tribe.

Zaku's avatar

Monty Python by a long shot! As @Rarebear wrote, they’re different styles and make fun of different things in different ways, and Python matches me the best. There are some bits I find tedious or not very amusing, but I like most of what they did, and the stuff I like the best, I really love. I think a large part of that is that Python doesn’t just satirize and make funny pieces, but it sometimes stabs through people’s taboos and senses of normalcy and out of their comfort zones and therefore makes them look at stuff that might need exposure, which I think ought to be done a lot more than it generally is. I like savagely ridiculing expectations and conventions.

Of Mel Brooks, I am a complete fan of Young Frankenstein, and Blazing Saddles is also incredible. Other works are also quite good: The Producers (1967), Spaceballs, and some other moments, though there are also many parts (or entire works) of the others where I don’t really share his sense of humor. He tends to stay closer to convention and work within it rather than blowing it apart or doing largely original things.

I didn’t even know the name Christopher Guest before your question. I did enjoy Best of Show, some parts of which very much, but not so much as the stuff I really like from Python or Brooks. Checking Guest’s filmography, let’s see… yeah, no, he’s funny, and I’ve not watched a lot of his stuff, but he just doesn’t resonate with me much.

ragingloli's avatar

Never heard of Christopher Robin Guest, and I did not think the Mel Brooks movies were funny (Spaceballs sucked), So Monty Python wins by default.

rockfan's avatar

@Rarebear

The Monty Python films can be very immature and silly at times (almost to a fault), so I think that’s one similiarity they have with Mel Brooks. But the point of my question wasn’t to compare them.

rockfan's avatar

@ragingloli

I think you might like A Mighty Wind, it’s a satire of folk bands and folk singers

Muad_Dib's avatar

Monty Python, without question.

I like Mel Brooks, too – History of the World: Part One is one of my all time favorite films.

But, if I have to pick just one, definitely Python.

MrGrimm888's avatar

Mel Brooks.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I’m a Christopher Guest fan. His mocumentaries are so well done. i don’t know how the actors werwe able to do it with straight faces. Best In Show had me laughing to tears.

“I used to be able to name every nut that there was. And it used to drive my mother crazy, because she used to say, “Harlan Pepper, if you don’t stop naming nuts,” and the joke was that we lived in Pine Nut, and I think that’s what put it in my mind at that point. So she would hear me in the other room, and she’d just start yelling. I’d say, “Peanut. Hazelnut. Cashew nut. Macadamia nut.” That was the one that would send her into going crazy. She’d say, “Would you stop naming nuts!” And Hubert used to be able to make the sound, he couldn’t talk, but he’d go “rrrawr rrawr” and that sounded like Macadamia nut. Pine nut, which is a nut, but it’s also the name of a town. Pistachio nut. Red pistachio nut. Natural, all natural white pistachio nut. ”

ucme's avatar

I judge my comedy on how it should be so if it makes me laugh til I cry then it wins & that is Python

anniereborn's avatar

Christopher Guest for sure.

tinyfaery's avatar

Guest. Best In Show is one of my favorite movies. It always makes me laugh.

flutherother's avatar

Monty Python without a doubt.

LuckyGuy's avatar

If you like C. Guest. Check out the relatively new TV show Schitt’s Creek .
It has a similar style and actors.

rockfan's avatar

@LuckyGuy

Looks funny, but unfortunately it’s not available in the states

rockfan's avatar

@ragingloli

Christopher Guest also starred in and cowrote This is Spinal Tap.

ragingloli's avatar

never saw it

rockfan's avatar

One of the funniest movies ever made in my opinion. Has a lot of memorable quotes

ragingloli's avatar

The funniest movie ever was “Grimsby”, starring Sacha Baron Cohen.

rockfan's avatar

Not sure if you’re joking or not. Personally I really disliked it, one of the very few movies I thought about walking out on.

ragingloli's avatar

I am entirely serious.
That elephant scene was fucking brilliant.

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