Terry Gilliam (born 1940), a popular performer, artist and creator, and once a member of the Monty Python comedy troupe, teamed up in the 1960’s with film critic Joel Siegel to create a book called The Cocktail People.
Only very few copies of this book exist. In fact, it took one commenter on Terry Gilliam’s own daughter’s blog to track down a copy.
We’re lucky enough to have this beautiful book available, and it’s a truly hilarious representation of Terry Gilliam’s unique sense of humor. Pisani Press published this copy in 1966.
“In fifteen minutes this room will be filled with fascinating, lovely people from the four corners of the earth.” The book begins. “In four hours, when the last guest will have left, there will have been consumed in gin, vodka, scotch, and bourbon enough calories to feed a small Indian village for three full weeks. This quaint custom is called a Cocktail Party. And the people who attend? Of course, they’re the…”
The book’s illustrations show caricatures of all the kinds of people you’ll meet at a cocktail party.
After Terry Gilliam’s gig with Monty Python, he went on to direct such popular movies as The Fisher King, 12 Monkeys, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. He won multiple awards and nominations for his involvement in film.
So, we have to ask: What kind of people do YOU see at cocktail parties?