Look up black comedy in the dictionary and you will see it called disgusting, macabre, unpleasant, and other negative terms. For instance, the Urban Dictionary defines it as a type of humor or satire poking fun at something usually seen as serious or taboo.
The Monty Python comedy troupe have long been considered masters of satire. But is their work "black comedy"? Here are some questions to help you decide. In case you need a refresher on the film, here's our review of the movie Monty Python's The Meaning of Life.
- Are you impressed that the Monty Python team has chosen to try and answer the question "Is there a meaning to life?"
- What is the major target of "The Miracle of Life, Part l"?
- How do you respond to the intent of the song "Every Sperm is Sacred"?
- What mental, physical, emotional, or spiritual reactions do you have during "The Middle of the Film"?
- In your experience, what is the connection between life, death, and dancing?
- What do you think of the spiritual value of Monty Python's The Meaning of Life? And is this a good answer? "Try and be nice to people, avoid eating fat, read a good book every now and then, get some walking in, and try and live together in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations."
For help answering these questions and to get some other perspectives, check out Darl Lars take on the film. It's as enjoyable as the movie.