Monkees calling

Monkees on unicycle on rotary phone

Monkees on unicycle on rotary phone

Whole show sometimes seemed to revolve around rotary telephones or various novelty communication devices. When not revolving around unicycles or other things on wheels, like bathtubs. Or bicycle-powered mobile harpsichords or something.

Normally I don’t like physical comedy and slapstick, so I’m trying to figure out why I like this. I think it might hinge on Mike Nesmith’s face and his slightly edgy deadpan. It reminds you that the show is parody of many things, including its own slapstick.

The Monkees - Mike Nesmith in Monkeemobile
The Monkees

The Monkees

The Monkees

The Monkees - sequence from On The Line

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