"They were between takes, fussied-up in sodden togas and grimy sandals. One of their assistants introduced me as they sat in their canvas chairs, sipping bottled water. I had never before been on a movie set, and was considerably impressed; the awe, however, did not extend to the men themselves... "Monty Python" meant nothing to me, although it conjured up a pleasant image of a bespectacled child hunched over a desk, a boa constrictor peering over his shoulder.
Palin knew my work. I was delighted, but not at ease -- I could make no reciprocal comments. I admitted that they looked like they were "getting on rather well". Someone (Eric Idle, I think) invited me to stay on for the afternoon. I did, and in so doing experienced one of the funniest days of my life. Even as the sun wore down their tempers, the quintet remained whip-fast in their humour, possessed of a strange but captivating sense of timing. I longed to be able to shift so easily into absurdity, to see the floating cupcakes that might hover over the shoulders of the most solemn speakers."
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