A quote from the BBC's news website today, a caption for a picture: "The tradition of nailing a salted herring to a barley bannock remains one of the most dramatic of Langholm's ceremonies." The picture features a bannock, a herring, a large spike, and a suitably crazed-looking gentleman in a nice suit. One can easily imagine Mr. Cleese, for example, in his place.
With this sort of thing as the baseline, was Monty Python really all that funny in the UK?
(I don't know how long this link will last, but it's picture 6 in this series.)