Michael Palin–comedian, actor, smart guy who figured out how to get the BBC to pay for sending him around the world–turns 66 years young today. I say young because he seems to traipse just about anywhere, like a smaller, quieter Brian Blessed. Here he is giving the oldie but goodie explanation of where exactly the title Monty Python’s Flying Circus came from on Parkinson:
I wish I could find a good clip of Palin as Jack Lint, one of my favorite movie villains of all time, but I think for our second we’ll go with a snippet of him reading from a book of his diaries (the various volumes of his diaries are available here.) He talks a bit about the making of Holy Grail:
Update: The bit of him reading is gone, but we’ve replaced it with a bit of an interview of him talking about the film.
Happy birthday, Mr. P. And many more. Good luck with the Mars travel documentary.