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PG Wodehouse and the name "Monty Python" by eroomnala on 16 February 2003 11:46pm
I posted this and no one seemed interested so I'm just posting this again with its' own topic to see if anyone is interested
In 1935 the famous British humorous writer PG Wodehouse published a novel entitled
The Luck of the Bodkins. The main character in it is someone called
Monty Bodkin. The story is set on an ocean liner. At one point Monty
Bodkin comes out on deck to find lots of free food awaiting passengers
like himself.
There is paragraph which begins
then goes on to describe all the food and him eating some of it and ends with
"He felt like a loving Python".
Unfortunately there were two editions of this novel published one in America and
another in Britain. One appears to have this paragraph in it and the other
doesn't. I remember reading it years ago but the only copy I could obtain
recently doesn't appear to have this paragraph in it.
Wodehouse could be famous as someone who was born when Gilbert & Sullivan
operattas were still being performed (1881) and died when MP and the Holy Grail
hit the screens (1974).
This novel also probably had the longest wait between publishing the original
and its sequel "Pearls, Girls and Monty Bodkin" which was only published sometime
in the early 70's.
I think one of the Pythons might have read this novel before forming
the groups and the two incongrous juxtapositions of the names Monty
and Python struck in his subconscious only to resurface as the name of the group
I could be wrong.
Re: PG Wodehouse and the name "Monty Python" by raxpus on 17 February 2003 2:24am
That's interesting. In the "official" version of the naming of Monty Python (from the Aspen special), the guys don't mention PG Wodehouse, but who knows? Maybe they had read The Luck of the Bodkins... But if nothing else, it's an amusing coincidence!

On a side note, I love Gilbert & Sullivan. The Pirates of Penzance (especially with Kevin Kline as the Pirate King) is hilarious!

raxpus, the Very Model of a Modern Major General
Re: PG Wodehouse and the name "Monty Python" by eroomnala on 23 February 2003 11:51pm
No one has ever mentioned PG Wodehouse as a source for Monty Python.
It's my own discovery as far as I know and probably just a coincidence like you say but then again who knows.
I'm sure some of the Pythons must have read PG Wodehouse in their youth and who knows maybe even The Luck of the Bodkins which I think is one of his funniest books. It would make a great movie.

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