The Hairdressers' Ascent up Mount Everest
From Monty Python's Flying Circus
(Begins with a picture of the sun rising over two mountain peaks) Announcer (Graham
Chapman): Mount Everest. Forbidding, aloof, terrifying. The mountain with the biggest tits
in the world. (Gong crashes, a disgusted voice interrupts) Voice Over: Start again! (A
hideous clown in green plaid shirt, 14-inch wide blue polka-dotted bow tie, red curly wig,
false teeth and an ugly mask steps in front of the picture of the mountain for a second
and waves.) Announcer: Mount Everest. Forbidding, aloof, terrifying. This year, this
remote Himalayan mountain, this mystical temple, surrounded by the most difficult terrain
in the world, repulsed yet another attempt to conquer it. (Picture changes to wind-swept,
snowy tents and people) This time, by the International Hairdresser's Expedition. In such
freezing, adverse conditions, man comes very close to breaking point. What was the real
cause of the disharmony which destroyed their chances at success? (Hairdresser #1 is a
snowy, bundled up climber with a very gay voice. Hairdressers #2 and #3 are even more gay
and windswept.) Hairdresser #1: Well, people keep taking your hairdryer on every turn.
Hairdresser #2: There's a lot of bitching in the tents. Hairdresser #3: You couldn't get
near the mirror. (Cut to the announcer, a stuffy looking older man, delicately trimming
millimeters off the leaves of cabbages growing in his country garden.) Announcer: The
leader of the expedition was Colonel Sir John Cheesy-Weezy Butler, veteran K2, Annapurna,
and Vidal. His plan was to ignore the usual route around the south and to make straight
for the top. (next part shows a map of the mountain) Cheesy-Weezy: We established Base
Salon here, and climbed quite steadily up to Mario's, here. From here, using crampons and
cutting ice steps as we went, we moved steadily up the face to the north ridge,
establishing Camp Three, where we could get a hot meal, a manicure, and a shampoo and set.
Announcer: Could it work? Could this 18-year old hairdresser from Brixton succeed where
others had failed? The situation was complicated by the imminent arrival of the monsoon
storms. Patrice takes up the story. (cut to Patrice (Eric Idle) in a salon, very
effeminately brushing and blow- drying a customer's hair.) Patrice: Well, we knew as well
as anyone that the monsoons were due. But the thing was, Ricky and I had just had a blow
dry and rinse, and we couldn't go out for a couple of days. (Picture of mountaineers
climbing down mountain) Announcer: After a blazing row, the Germans and Italians had
turned back, taking with them the last of the hairnets. On the third day, a blizzard blew
up. Temperatures fell to minus 30 degrees centigrade. Inside the little tent, things were
getting desperate. (Ricky (Michael Palin) and John Cleese are crowded inside a little
tent, sporting beards, hairnets, and curlers. They sit beneath stationary hairdryers.
Cleese is reading, Ricky is buffing his nails.) Ricky: Well, things have gotten so bad
that we've been forced to use the last of the heavy oxygen equipment just to keep the
dryers going. (A woman hands him a cup of tea.) Oh, she's a treasure. Cleese: Shhh!
(another mountain climbing scene) Announcer: But a new factor had entered the race. A team
of French chiropodists, working with brand new corn plasters and Dr. Scholl's
Mountaineering Sandals, were close behind. The Glasgow Orpheus male voice choir were
tackling the difficult north part. All together, fourteen expeditions were at the scene.
This was it. Ricky had to make a decision. (back to Patrice at his salon) Patrice: Well,
we decided to open a salon. Announcer: It was a tremendous success. (the following is
accompanied by pictures of great mountaineering heros upon whom are pasted elaborate Marie
Antoinette style hairdos) Announcer: Challenging Everest? Why not drop in at Ricky Pule's,
only 2400 feet from this cinema. (A huge pink neon sign reading 'Ricky's' appears on the
mountain.) Ricky and Maurice offer a variety of styles for the well-groomed climber. Why
should Tensing and Sir Edmond Hillary be number one on top, when you're number one on top?