The above is a sketch comedy album by Monty Python released in the US in 1975. I can think of no other work which was more influential in the development of my sense of humor.
To propose absurdist, silly ideas with a scholarly bent in deadpan is my shtick to this day.
During my early teenage years I gave close analysis to every utterance on this album.
A distant second are some of the National Lampoon comedy albums from the same era.
I became aware of this the other day when my kids began doing my worn-out shtick back at me. I realized the time was at hand that I revealed my source code.
Both my kids have excellent, nuanced wits, which makes me proud.
Here are the words to Background to History: