LEMON CURRY?  10:27 am November 2, 2009

Chris Christie Illegally Pirated This Monty Python Sketch For His Teevee Ad

by Juli Weiner

The publicly fat Chris Christie, a licensed lawyer, saw zero problem with taking a Monty Python sketch essentially in its entirety, editing in some choice Jon Corzine-is-awful-themed WordArt on the bottom of the screen, and airing it on national television without clearing it by the Monty Python people. Now Terry Jones and Michael Palin are making fun of Chris Christie for being such an idiot, which is infinitely more amusing than whenever Corzine bitchily alludes to Christie’s deep-fried inadequacies.

Reports the Huffington Post:

Alerted to the theft of their copyright, members of Monty Python are most unhappy. Michael Palin, who appears in the clip pirated for the advert, is especially displeased that his likeness is being used by the Republican candidate without permission.

“I’m surprised that a former U.S. Attorney isn’t aware of his copyright infringement when he uses our material without permission. He’s clearly made a terrible mistake. It was the endorsement of Sarah Palin he was after — not that of Michael Palin.”

Monty Python’s Terry Jones says that the troupe is strongly considering suing the Republican for his copyright infringement:

“It is totally outrageous that a former US Attorney knows so little about the law that he thinks he can rip off people. On the other hand — another of Bush’s legal appointees was Alberto Gonzales and he didn’t seem to know much about the law either…,” Jones said.

The ad was pulled basically immediately, but it’s still available on HuffPost. Chris Christie’s 30 second political spot is not even good as Fawlty Towers, and for this he should be ashamed.


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Serolf Divad November 2, 2009 at 10:31 am

Next: John Corzine will be stealing some candy from a three year old.

MarieDeGournay November 2, 2009 at 10:35 am

Hehehe, talk about stealing from the wrong people.

nbawriter November 2, 2009 at 10:36 am

Hopefully they take a pound of flesh out of him … in fact, take two or three hundred. Please.

WadISay November 2, 2009 at 10:36 am

Nobody expects Terry Jones to complain about copyright enfringement.

Aflac Shrugged November 2, 2009 at 10:38 am

If you asked me to think of Christie and an appropriate Python sketch, it would probably be this one.

Doglessliberal November 2, 2009 at 10:38 am

Now Corzine can steal this one and say it is Fatty McChristie:


Mild Midwesterner November 2, 2009 at 10:38 am

I suppose we’ll soon see Corzine’s career represented by the Dead Parrot Sketch.

Gorillionaire November 2, 2009 at 10:39 am

Ouch – a Python smack down is pretty much a guarantee that you will never be liked by anyone ever again anywhere, including your slutty alcoholic mother.

Prommie November 2, 2009 at 10:42 am

[re=448021]Aflac Shrugged[/re]: I haven’t looked, but, its Mr. Creosote, isn’t it?

Terry November 2, 2009 at 10:46 am

“Christie is no stranger to the world of crime. As the New York Times reported on September 23rd this year, Christie has family ties to the notorious Genovese crime family. As a child, he mingled at family parties with Tino “The Greek” Fiumara — the brother of his aunt’s husband — described by the Times as “a fearsome and ranking member of the Genovese crime family: twice convicted of racketeering, sentenced to 25 years in federal prison, and linked by investigators to several grisly murders, including one in which a victim was strangled with piano wire.””

Good old Uncle Tino!

joezoo November 2, 2009 at 10:47 am

Yes, but how can anything live up to Fawlty Towers?

Interesting that both Palin and Jones used similar lines in their statements. Which means that in a few years Eric Idle will launch a new stage production called “That U.S. Attorney Should Know Better!!”

SwanSwanH November 2, 2009 at 10:47 am

It’s only wa-fer theeeen.

BeWoot November 2, 2009 at 10:48 am

Hey. I loved Fawlty Towers.

Aflac Shrugged November 2, 2009 at 10:48 am

[re=448026]Prommie[/re]: *nod* I think it’s the only sketch where Python makes obesity the focus, but I’m sure there’s someone here whose Python knowledge outstrips mine.

Decker November 2, 2009 at 10:48 am

Somebody get Christie a mint.

V572625694 November 2, 2009 at 10:49 am

But did Trent Reznor get his Gitmo royalties yet? That’s what everyone really wants to know.

Xav November 2, 2009 at 10:49 am

It’s strange… I just saw that sketch.

Larry McAwful November 2, 2009 at 10:51 am

That Huffpost article is written by a humorist who calls himself Martin Lewis. That’s pretty much a perfect name for a humorist. I might adopt a pseudonym myself, like Laurel Hardy or Abbot Costello, or maybe Beavis Butt-Head.

Mahousu November 2, 2009 at 10:53 am

You have to forgive Christie; you see, he’s from Barcelona.

Prommie November 2, 2009 at 10:55 am

[re=448029]Terry[/re]: Now thats some oppo research.

I am very worried now, however; Christie has gotten the endorsement of Manly Rash, a major figure in the tea party movement in NJ. Yes, his name is “Manly Rash.” Say it to yourself a few times, it will make you smile, then giggle. Manly Rash. http://www.manlyrash.com/blog/

I read about this “Manly Rash” in my paper this morning, he was a featured speaker at a teabagger rally:http://www.app.com/article/20091102/NEWS/911020305/Jackson+Tea+Party+works+to+get+out+vote

the problem child November 2, 2009 at 10:57 am

Dissed by not one, but two Pythons. I think Christie just lost the geek vote.

ithasatilde November 2, 2009 at 10:58 am

“It was the endorsement of Sarah Palin he was after — not that of Michael Palin.”

There’s gotta be a desecrating-the-name-of-our-blessed-retard-Trig joke in here somewhere…

Formerly Preferred November 2, 2009 at 10:59 am

Copyright theft aside, that’s the worst ad I’ve ever seen. I’ve watched it twice and I still am not sure what I’m supposed to be feeling deja vu about. The combination of a fairly complex series of statements about Corzine subtitled on a dialogue heavy skit with a number of cuts and repetitions is just confusing. I mean, if you are going to commit copyright theft, at least make it count.

ForTheTurnstiles November 2, 2009 at 11:02 am

[re=448034]Aflac Shrugged[/re]: See _The Meaning of Life_. It’s pukey but some folks like it.

Texan Bulldoggette November 2, 2009 at 11:03 am

“Christie’s deep-fried inadequacies” … don’t know why I thought that was a good euphemism for his testicles.

ForTheTurnstiles November 2, 2009 at 11:03 am

[re=448045]ForTheTurnstiles[/re]: You’re an idiot. Be silent.

nbawriter November 2, 2009 at 11:07 am

Christie has deja vu every day …. in the all-you-can-eat line at Red Lobster.

couchbound November 2, 2009 at 11:09 am

CHRISTY: Oh, this is futile!
CORZINE: No it isn’t.

norbizness November 2, 2009 at 11:12 am

When I think of modern Republicans, I definitely have in mind either the Gumbys trying to perform brain surgery or the Upper Class Twit of the Year Competition.

AxmxZ November 2, 2009 at 11:12 am

Corzine shoudl respond by dubbing over a particularly homoerotic Fry and Laurie skit with budget ramblings and let the electorate decide what tickles them more.

TVarmy November 2, 2009 at 11:12 am

Chris Christie, according to Monty Python:


JMP November 2, 2009 at 11:13 am

After the many songs used without permission by McCain-Palin last year, this isn’t surprising; they love creating draconian copyright laws at the behest of Disney and the RIAA, yet don’t feel these rules apply to them.

hobospacejunkie November 2, 2009 at 11:14 am

[re=448041]Prommie[/re]: Manly Rash. Wow. His parents must really hate him. And he must be dumber than a box of rocks not to understand that & change his name.

JMP November 2, 2009 at 11:14 am

[re=448042]the problem child[/re]: Next, he’ll be talking about how much he loves the Ewoks, Jar Jar Binks and Wesley Crusher.

JohnnyMeatworth November 2, 2009 at 11:16 am

after this campaign fails, he can run for Meinhead City Council….


the problem child November 2, 2009 at 11:19 am

Pythons put the squeeze on Christie?

Larry McAwful November 2, 2009 at 11:20 am

Maybe Christie can get something by Jeff Foxworthy or Larry the Cable Guy to use in his commercial. Or maybe the Jerky Boyz–they’re from New Jersey, aren’t they?

Lascauxcaveman November 2, 2009 at 11:22 am

Is Chris Cristie wealthy enough to be in the running for upper class twit of the year?

nappyduggs November 2, 2009 at 11:23 am

He also tried to move into a 1950s style “police box” thinking that it would somehow turn him into a brilliant, time-traveling supreme being.

That failed quite miserably.

facehead November 2, 2009 at 11:23 am

Christie better defend himself quick (with the legal equivalent of a banana).

bitchincamaro November 2, 2009 at 11:28 am

My brain ‘urts.

magic titty November 2, 2009 at 11:29 am

Did Julie just hate on Fawlty Towers??

Will's Mom November 2, 2009 at 11:30 am

Jon Corzine for Governor: If you can’t control your appetite, how can you control state government?

norbizness November 2, 2009 at 11:31 am

[re=448066]magic titty[/re]: She must be Connie Booth.

Canmon (the Inadequate) November 2, 2009 at 11:31 am

He’s fat, also.

SayItWithWookies November 2, 2009 at 11:32 am

[re=448041]Prommie[/re]: Hey, nothing goes better with teabagging than a Manly Rash.

pampl November 2, 2009 at 11:36 am

Don’t forget that this is the party which regularly gets busted for playing campaign theme songs without permission. I guess copyright is for fags and commies

McDuff November 2, 2009 at 11:36 am

Governor of New Jersey? Well, nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more!

shadowMark November 2, 2009 at 11:36 am

[re=448041]Prommie[/re]: Manly Rash is probably one of those bloggers the FBI trained. But he may have everyone fooled. Manly might really be a deep cover CIA guy who turns out to passing information to Moscow. Or the Vatican. Or Dan Brown.

JMP November 2, 2009 at 11:38 am

[re=448044]Formerly Preferred[/re]: It’s still better than his main current commercial, which is basically “Vote for me because I have four kids!”. I guess he wants to show the fundies that he’s a true believer in the Every Sperm is Sacred principle?

Larry McAwful November 2, 2009 at 11:39 am

They wouldn’t SPELL copyright infringement. They would just SAY “copyright infringement.”

Mad Brahms November 2, 2009 at 11:39 am

[re=448041]Prommie[/re]: Wow. You could clear that up with either a tax cut or some calamine lotion, either / or.

snideinplainsight November 2, 2009 at 11:40 am

Is your candidate a goer, wink-wink, nudge-nudge, know-what-I-mean, say-no-more?

finallyhappy November 2, 2009 at 11:43 am

[re=448029]Terry[/re]: yes, I was to talking to someone from Jersey. He said everyone knows how crooked Christie is(pay-offs galore)- but it is Jersey, after all.

bfstevie November 2, 2009 at 11:49 am

[re=448039]Larry McAwful[/re]: Thanks for leaving me Allen N. Rossi. Hello dere!

AbstinenceOnly Ed November 2, 2009 at 11:49 am

Chris Christie, a.k.a. Mr. Creosote, is so fat & dumb he is Upperclass Twits of the Year. Haw haw haw. And now for something completely different…

Will' November 2, 2009 at 11:59 am

Chris Christie: the other white meat.

imissopus November 2, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Also he said the name Jehovah. Also.

yargisbargis November 2, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Bad move, angering the Pythons. Maybe Spiny Norman’s his campaign consultant.

Way Cool Larry November 2, 2009 at 12:07 pm

[re=448044]Formerly Preferred[/re]: agree totally, what a horrible ad

BobTheBuilder November 2, 2009 at 12:09 pm

Since they run in the same circles, perhaps Manly Rash and Oily Taintz will meet, and we’ll have a great Jay Leno wedding announcement.

user-of-owls November 2, 2009 at 12:13 pm

If Chris “Chris” Christie loses maybe he could get a job in the Ministry of Silly Waddles.

Cape Clod November 2, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Given that I have yet to hear a Republican say anything remotely funny, he must have felt that his only option was to steal material from people who are quite good at it.

tcb November 2, 2009 at 12:18 pm

[re=448076]Larry McAwful[/re]: Perhaps they were dictating.

bago November 2, 2009 at 12:20 pm

[re=448112]BobTheBuilder[/re]: I don’t want to think about a Manly Rash on Orly’s Taint.

One Yield Regular November 2, 2009 at 12:26 pm

[re=448058]the problem child[/re]: There’s a New York Post editor somewhere shaking his fist at God for your having come up with that first.

proudgrampa November 2, 2009 at 12:28 pm

[re=448021]Aflac Shrugged[/re]: Classic. My favorite Python sketch of all time. “Bring me a bucket!!”

Cranky Little Camperette November 2, 2009 at 12:32 pm

[re=448103]yargisbargis[/re]: DIMMESDALE!!!

Extemporanus November 2, 2009 at 1:08 pm

[re=448046]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: Every shawarma is sacred. Every shawarma is great.

If a shawarma is wasted, Chris gets quite irate.

Mr Blifil November 2, 2009 at 1:09 pm

If only someone would divulge to Christie the contents of the Funniest Joke in the World.


Mr Blifil November 2, 2009 at 1:10 pm

[re=448147]Cranky Little Camperette[/re]: Fanboy geek FAIL. True believers know it to be Dinsdale.

Native of SL UT November 2, 2009 at 1:12 pm

[re=448041]Prommie[/re]: I want nothing to do with Manly Rash’s, thank you very much.

TGY November 2, 2009 at 1:18 pm

You mean ‘Flowery Twats’? Or perhaps ‘Fatty Owls’?

RoscoePColtraine November 2, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Why can’t lib’rul artists just plain be honored that a politician would choose their work for his or her campaign, and call it a day? Could it be that they’re all a bunch of crybaby fucking elitists? “wah, wah, wah…..I did all that work and they won’t pay me. Wah, wah, wah…”

Servo November 2, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Gastone, a bucket for monsieur. Love that sketch.
Apparently, Chris Christie needs a Live Organ Transplant.

AnnieGetYourFun November 2, 2009 at 1:32 pm

[re=448186]RoscoePColtraine[/re]: Hand outs. It’s all libruls want.

thesheriffisnear November 2, 2009 at 1:33 pm

“I think I’ll go for a walk…nah, too much work.”

katrina November 2, 2009 at 1:43 pm

D’youse know who ELSE complained about copyright infringement?

Hello Sunshine November 2, 2009 at 1:49 pm

For countless years to come, students will recite the Palin/Jones putdown while getting stoned. This is Chris Christie’s legacy.

RoscoePColtraine November 2, 2009 at 1:51 pm

[re=448213]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: Hey politicans!! Just stick to stealing dead people’s creative output. And not recently dead people, either; they need to be bones-n-hair dead. Lucille Ball did some funny shit. And it’s FREE!!!!

Servo November 2, 2009 at 1:56 pm

The last thing an artist wants to see is his/her creations perverted into something destructive.
The Repugnants care for nothing more than wealth by destruction.

Norbert November 2, 2009 at 2:12 pm

We’ve all seen Cleese explain why Michael Palin is no longer the funniest Palin?


Jumping Jim November 2, 2009 at 2:20 pm

If Corzine wins, he should appoint Christie as “Minister of Silly Walks.”

AggieDemocrat November 2, 2009 at 2:24 pm

[re=448076]Larry McAwful[/re]: It’s spelled “copyright infringement” but it’s pronounced Throat Wobbler Mangrove.

joeybrill November 2, 2009 at 2:45 pm

[re=448021]Aflac Shrugged[/re]: Sorry, but there’s a requirement that I provide a link to this as often as possible and I’m also sorry that it has nothing to do with anything else.


user-of-owls November 2, 2009 at 2:49 pm

[re=448185]TGY[/re]: Or perhaps ‘Fatty Owls’?

User-of-Owls is now imagining TGY as a plump little mouse, in an open field…with arthritis in his legs.

mcc November 2, 2009 at 3:01 pm

Fawlty Towers was pretty decent, dammit!

DoktorZoom November 2, 2009 at 3:02 pm

Number 3: The Larch.

rabblerouser42 November 2, 2009 at 3:16 pm
Biden Time November 2, 2009 at 4:49 pm

They’re both going to end up losing to Tarquin Fin-tim-lin-bin-whin-bim-lim-bus-stop-F’tang-F’tang-Olé-Biscuitbarrel (Silly Party).

Numbat Dundee November 2, 2009 at 5:27 pm

Curiously, the only political commentary I can remember in a Python sketch was anti-Republicn. In the coctail bar sketch (with the Duck coctails) two stockbrokers are chatting:
Stockbroker1: “Did you see the news? Nixon’s had an arsehole transplant.”
Stockbroker2: “But did you see the stop-press? The arsehole’s rejected him!”

freerangemink November 2, 2009 at 8:32 pm

[re=448026]Prommie[/re]: No, you’re thinking the block of wood.

Dramatist November 2, 2009 at 9:26 pm

Chris Christie Fin-tim-lin-bin-whin-bim-lim-bus-stop-F’tang-F’tang-Olé-Biscuitbarrel (Silly Party).


Brendan M. November 2, 2009 at 11:16 pm

[re=448066]magic titty[/re]: She’s a girl. She doesn’t even like the good Monty Python sketches.

LowerdPeninsula November 3, 2009 at 12:32 am

“which is infinitely more amusing than whenever Corzine bitchily alludes to Christie’s deep-fried inadequacies.”

I didn’t know that “bitchily” was a word — I imagine it means “in a bitchy manner” — but the usage her was superb.

As for the actual subject, as much as I don’t blame ‘em, actors don’t usually get pissed when Democrats lift entire songs and skits off of them, so I can’t but laugh at the self-righteous hypocrisy, and I’m as liberal as they come. They are just mad a wingnut is doing it, not that it’s being done.

David, The Jew November 3, 2009 at 3:52 pm

We haven’t heard from the other Python’s yet. Wonder what Cleese is thinking? This could be an opportunity.

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