Skip to comments.Monty Python reunite for first concert in nearly 35 years
Posted on 06/03/2014 10:07:58 AM PDT by MarkL
Everybody expects the Spanish Inquisition. And as with all things Monty Python, fans need to expect the unexpected, too.
Next month the surviving Monty Python members reunite onstage for the first time in almost 35 years and, they say, the last time ever. Fans understandably want to see the anarchic comedy troupe's classic skits. They're hoping for Spam, lumberjacks, dead parrots and of course the red-robed cardinals who burst in to proclaim: "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!"
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The reason for the concerts is ironic. Wasn't their one of their last albums the "Contractual Obligation Album?"
Sorry, this would be like going to a Rolling Stones concert. You’ll probably have a good time at it, but wonder if someone is going to croak on stage.
As an aside, Keith Richards has been on my dead pool list every year since 1978.
New material or “greatest hits”?
Old jokes aren’t so much like old songs.
I saw them at City Center in NYC in the late 70s or early 80s, I forget. But Graham Chapman is dead. Who is taking his place?
Eddie Izzard, and an urn.
Real difficult to reunite without Graham Chapman.
Last time they did an urn with his face on it was present.
I have been a Python fans for a long time, but the last time I saw a Python routine, it was on Saturday Night Live when Michael Palin and John Cleese did the “Dead Parrot Sketch”. It fell flatter than a pancake and simply wasn’t funny anymore.
They should leave it alone, these reunions rarely come off well, and they can never top their comedy when in their prime.
I has friends in college that absolutely loved Monty Python, they had all the movies and bootlegged episodes and would watch them over and over, laughing so hard they had tears in their eyes, and then they would endlessly quote the various punch lines and catch phrases. Personally, I never "got" it, I found some of it to be mildly amusing, perhaps a chuckle here and there, but nothing that I would consider side splitting funny.
Personal taste I guess....
I remember they were doing an interview with the urn, and of course, somebody knocked it over, then they had to vacuum up the ashes.
I'm pretty sure all the "substances" in his body have resulted in a form of live mummification, that is the only reason I can explain his longevity with the lifestyle he has lived....
They’ve always handled Graham’s death hilariously and with a complete lack of taste and etiquette.
“Lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, yeah.”
I remember when I went back to the city for visits in the early and mid seventies my friends would sit me in front of some Python thing and they would rip a gut laughing and I would smile on cue.
I understand Firesign theater records were funny when high on illegal substances. Since I didn’t, it wasn’t.
There are other British comedy shows that kept the ball rolling, there were never as popular in America.
Probably the leader in surrealistic humor along the lines of Monty Python is ‘A Bit of Fry & Laurie’, with Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. (IMDb rating 8.5)
Then there is the “abrasive madcap” shows like ‘The Young Ones’ and ‘Bottom’.
Television show takeoffs like ‘Brass Eye’, ‘The Day Today’, ‘The Fast Show’.
There are so many more.
Just looked and found tickets on sale now at a local theater.
“Keith Richards says you shouldn’t do drugs.......Keith, we can’t do any drugs because you’ve already done them all, there’s none left. We have to wait until you die so that we can smoke your ashes.” - Dennis Leary
Was well known that the Beatles and the Stones were big Python fans but it only came out a few years ago that Elvis was also a huge fan.