"Who's got a boil on his Semprini, then?" (John Cleese)
Semprini? What's a Semprini? Apparently, it's just one of the thousands of beautifully designed gibberish made by none other than the Monty Python's troops.
Supposed to be a naughty word they won't utter at the price of censorship, in actuality “Semprini” is meaningless. Well, of course, it was derived from the composer Alberto Semprini's name, but it relatively means nothing. nada. zilch. zero. This word, along with thousands of python's baloneys, has become very lovable and quotable nonsense for us, devoted fans.
It's been more than 10 years since I landed myself in the absurd island of Monty Python. It began in some time around 2007, when I, out of boredom, bought a DVD of Monty Python & the Holy Grail. And it was an enlightening experience, indeed. After watching it, every joke and other comedy entities I’ve ever encountered collapsed far behind Monty Python.
I don't know how to dumb down the reality behind Monty Phyton’s comedy, but as much as the world has already recognized, their comedy has absolutely made a groundbreaking in the field of contemporary funniness and has become a kind of clowning manifesto in our recent culture. Surely, they’ve done a job well done. But how come there are a lot of people who find Monty Python to be unfunny at all?
If we were to examine how humor works, it is known that one of the main theories of comedy is the Incongruity Theory. This theory states that humor is perceived at the moment of realization of incongruity between a concept involved in a certain situation and the real objects thought to be in some relation to the concept.
In this sense, we know that in perceiving an incongruent interaction between elements of a joke/humor/comedy; people try to find a kind of a resolution or a realization of how the relationship between the elements worked. In the case of Monty Python, the relation seldom existed. What's more, their humor often created more incongruities and absurdities.
According to an article (follow this link, please), the degree of this unresolved-ness is what makes Monty Python distinctively funny. let’s highlight the adjective "distinctively" because, in the area of funniness, there are a lot of people who don’t really enjoy—bordering to despise—the zany humor of Python's.
I, personally, used to feel uncomfortable when some people might see me as a snob when I tell them I enjoyed Monty Python a lot. Because many feels that those who enjoy Monty Python tend to be pompous little hipsters--and quite frankly, I don't want to be categorized as a hipster--but I digress.
According to the article, there might be reasons why some people could enjoy Python very much and some are just not. It is because the enjoyment of nonsense jokes and cartoons is dependable on personality characteristics. Those with a high level of experience-seeking appreciate nonsense humor more. In this case, nonsense humor refers to Python-like humor.
Well, I might seem ended up stating a snobbish fact after all, but please, contemplate the statement a little bit longer, and you'll find that this opinion is not snobbish at all. While many people thought that Monty Python's joke belongs to "intelligent" people, it's those who are experience-seeker, who tend to enjoy Monty Python better.
The experience-seekers, in this sense, are those who enjoyed activities which involves a search for novel sensations, stimulation, and experiences through the mind and senses; through art, travel, music, and the desire to live in an unconventional style. It's the unconventionality that makes unconventional people are so compatible with Monty Python sense of humor.
It is interesting to see how Monty Python’s unconventionality had been acknowledged as a milestone in the fields of today humor. In my opinion, this unique trademark is, in fact, the reason behind their universal recognition.
There are unconventional people in every cultural group, an experience-seekers in every community. For them, Monty Python’s comedy is the humor they can truly enjoy. Thus, even though seemingly represent British humor only, the unique signature had made Monty Python worked universally.
Their works had proven that humor could break the border of culture and nationality, that wittiness and sarcasm is a natural part of the human being. And in the spirit of global culture, we, non-western people, may find their humor become more and more familiar. Should it be slapstick, dark humor, absurd gags, or simply just some Englishmen dressing up as old ladies (pepperpots as they called it), some of us couldn't help their rib-tickling charm.
So, to all "experience-seeker" out there, try these old chaps’ gags, if you have time. It will worth your time.