Well, they obviously knew about the video-sharing site before launching their official Monty Python YouTube channel because hundreds of their clips could be seen there. But instead of issuing a bunch of DMCA takedown notices or taking legal action to bring down the giant, the Pythons decided to climb up the beanstalk and join the party. (I think they chose the “If you can’t beat ’em, join em” approach because they’re smart AND because they’re English. Ya know, conflict averse and polite.)
Here’s the announcement straight from the creators of irreverent comedy:
In addition to classic sketches and movie scenes – Lumberjack Song, Penis Song, Black Knight, etc. – you’ll also find videos from the Monty Python Vaults (so far just archival footage from a Canadian tour, which, I hate to say, is not very funny) and Monty Python Talks, where various members of the comedy group opine about other members of the comedy group and wax candid on a variety of topics (which, I have to say, is highly entertaining).
Check out Eric Idle talk about what a Little Neddy Nitpicker John Cleese was as a writing partner:
(via Laughing Squid)