It's not for lack of trying, either. I've seen the reruns on PBS, listened to the CDs, even watched the films. I laughed once during Life of Brian. Once. I've never found slapsticky, physical humor funny, in fact it kind of makes me embarrassed and uncomfortable. Combine that with pasty British men with bad haircuts, Eric Idle's screechy falsetto, and how the 1970s were so ugly aesthetically and well, I just find the whole mess hard to watch. I do, however, love the Terry Gilliam animations.
Mike thinks it's all hysterical, of course, and during our marriage I've discovered (much to my dismay) that there seems to be a Python sketch suitable for any situation because he'll quote them at any opportunity. I've since warned him that if he ever calls the reference desk asking for a "Sale of Two Titties" or "Carnaby Fudge" his personal librarian will not find it very amusing. The cheese case at Whole Foods is irresistible, though, and at that point I give up and pretend I don't know him.
Anyway, it seems Monty Python's comedy isn't quite as fantastically original as all you