“Laughter is the best medicine.” “We could all use an escape right now.” “I just want to turn my brain off.” Clichés all, but some things become cliché because they’re true — and right now, while we’re all cooped up in varying states of worry for the foreseeable future, there are worse ideas than queuing up a comedy and taking your mind off … well, everything.
With that in mind, here are some of the most effective laughter delivery systems currently on Netflix:
‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’
There’s more Python on Netflix than you can shake a dead parrot at, including the full series of “Flying Circus,” compilation packages from that show, live performances, documentaries and their controversial 1979 skewering of biblical epics, “Monty Python’s Life of Brian.” But the highlight is “Holy Grail,” the troupe’s beloved 1975 sendup of the King Arthur legend, featuring such classic bits as the never-say-die Black Knight, the inventively profane French guards, the Knights Who Say Ni! and the fourth-wall-breaking opening credits and conclusion. (Read the New York Times review.)
‘The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!’
For sheer laughs per