This post was archived from the original website for Fawlty Towers Revisited, which premiered on public television in 2005.
With PBS broadcasting the three-part “Monty Python’s Personal Best” series, we thought you might enjoy seeing some exclusive video footage of the Pythons on their first promtional tour of the U.S. more than 30 years ago.
The video was made possible by intrepid reporter and commentator of All Things Awesome, Jesse Thorn of the popular The Soung of Young America podcast/public radio show (salon.com calls TSOYA and Jesse a refreshing cross between Terry Gross of NPR and Conan O’Brien). The footage is of the Pythons’ visit to KERA-TV, the PBS affiliate in Dallas that “saved” Monty Python in the U.S. by being the first to broadcast it.
The Pythons were in the KERA studios the day after the LA premiere of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” and you will hear Terry Jones note that they didn’t even have a U.S. distributor yet for the film! John Cleese didn’t make this stop, but the rest of troupe carry on in fine form.
Click on the TSOYA graphic below and Enjoy! Thanks, Jesse!