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.
(and I saw him at the Channel in Boston, talking about The Dangerous Sports Club)
All the remaining members, anyway.
Unfortunately, John Cleese says that due to surgery, he can no longer do “The Ministry of Silly Walks”.
Excellent. Fathom Events, I assume? When and where?
At Chapman's funeral, his fellow Pythons got up and did the "Dead Parrot" over his casket, substituting the word "Chapman" for "parrot." When someone complained that this was in incredibly bad taste, they responded, "Graham was a very big fan of bad taste."
The Dead Parrot is always funny.
Yeah. In their last concert filmed, Chapman was out of control. Once he came out of the closet, he really went to hell in a handbag. But when in his prime, he was funny.
Conquistador Coffee is still my favorite...
I liked Firesign Theater too. One day, one of my housemates in college was playing “Everything You Know Is Wrong”. When they got to the point where it’s explained that “everything you know is wrong”< I simply said, “Yes, but I know that already.”
One guy couldn’t stop laughing for the rest of the afternoon and the other just sat there with his mouth hanging open.
I had to be the one to turn the record over.
They are funny, though.
And I am sure Graham would have wanted it that way :)
Ever seen “Wallace and Gromit”?
During my formative years, I watched their weekly show on my parent's black and white TV so I understand their humor. My parents didn't know how risque they could be and the occasional nude scenes. A shocker for a 13 year old boy. Lol.
"Nick Danger, Third Eye" was hilarious!
“What about this one.....Crunchy Frog..?”
I’ll chime in. Absolutely. Great show and movies.
“Curse of the WereRabbit” is great.
'Troupe member Eric Idle assures fans they will get the old favorites but they are also in for surprises.
'"I've got one or two up my sleeve that will absolutely freak people out," said Idle [...]
'"It's not five old guys on a stage doing old sketches," Idle said of the show, which has a budget of $3.5 million. He spoke by phone to The Associated Press from Seattle.
'The 15,000-seat stadium will be filled with the help of a live orchestra, film footage, special effects and Terry Gilliam's surreal animation. There will be plenty of "rude songs and rude dancing" from an ensemble of 20 singers and dancers the approach Idle adopted during his performance at the 2012 Olympics closing ceremony.
'"Who wants to look at a bunch of old guys? Put some attractive young people onstage," said Idle, at 71 the youngest of the group. "That's my Broadway background. It's what I learned from 'Spamalot.'" [...]
'"What I've tried to do is make a sort of necklace and we'll be the jewels. I've tried to make it segue into each other like the old Python shows used to do."'
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They’re bound to expect some sort of mock frog!
Lol. Yes! I watched it the other day. Father’s day is coming up. I need to ask the family for the DVD.
Whenever I am in the supermarket with my wife, I put my hands up to my chest and wave them back and forth and ask her if I should get some “cheeeeessseeee.” She snickers and rolls her eyes.
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Black Adder is great. Especially the reverse Christmas Carol one. Busted a gut.
My wife does the same thing.
I loved the trenches in WWII and. Laurie as king louie
Great! More power to her. Tell her most people won’t get it so it is safe to do it in public.
“And in any case this is an inadequate description of the sweetmeats! I shall have to ask you to accompany me to the station.”
“It’s a fair cop.”
“Don’t talk to the camera!”
I binge watched Black Adder a couple of years ago on Netflix. While visiting my son and his family for a week, he happened to have the first few years of House which I had never seen. I swear I watched a half a dozen episodes before I connected him to Louie.
To truly appreciate Monty Python, one must go back to “The Goon Show” on radio with Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe, and Peter Sellers.
Many of the skits and characters used by the Pythonites were fiendishly ripped off from the Goon Show. :)
The Gumby’s were the children of the Famous Eccles.
Where do I find a US movie theatre ticket link?
"I had to slim down to one and a half pounds to get into that costume..."
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