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Monty Python reunite for first concert in nearly 35 years
Fox News ^ | 6/2/2014 | Fox News

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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While they're doing live concerts in London, one of the shows will be broadcast to theaters all over the world, and shown more than once!!!

The reason for the concerts is ironic. Wasn't their one of their last albums the "Contractual Obligation Album?"

1 posted on 06/03/2014 10:07:59 AM PDT by MarkL
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To: MarkL

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.


2 posted on 06/03/2014 10:12:42 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: MarkL

New material or “greatest hits”?

Old jokes aren’t so much like old songs.


3 posted on 06/03/2014 10:14:14 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: MarkL

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?


4 posted on 06/03/2014 10:15:22 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: MarkL
graham chapman photo: You Make Me Sad sad_zps15022394.gif

Real difficult to reunite without Graham Chapman.

5 posted on 06/03/2014 10:16:53 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: miss marmelstein

Eddie Izzard, and an urn.


6 posted on 06/03/2014 10:18:01 AM PDT by discostu (Seriously, do we no longer do "phrasing"?!)
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To: Snickering Hound

Real difficult to reunite without Graham Chapman.

Last time they did an urn with his face on it was present.


7 posted on 06/03/2014 10:36:08 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: MarkL

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.


8 posted on 06/03/2014 10:40:32 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne ("How long, O Lord, holy and true?" - Rev. 6:10)
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To: Dr. Thorne

They should leave it alone, these reunions rarely come off well, and they can never top their comedy when in their prime.


9 posted on 06/03/2014 10:46:00 AM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: MarkL
Reminds me of the "Family Guy" episode where as punishment they made Meg watch "the other 178 hours of Monty Python that wasn't funny". To which she responded, "I'm a girl! I don't even think the funny python skits are funny".

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....

10 posted on 06/03/2014 10:49:55 AM PDT by apillar
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To: discostu

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.


11 posted on 06/03/2014 10:51:12 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: EQAndyBuzz
As an aside, Keith Richards has been on my dead pool list every year since 1978.

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....

12 posted on 06/03/2014 10:53:09 AM PDT by apillar
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To: dfwgator

They’ve always handled Graham’s death hilariously and with a complete lack of taste and etiquette.


13 posted on 06/03/2014 10:53:16 AM PDT by discostu (Seriously, do we no longer do "phrasing"?!)
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To: MarkL

“As in....?”
“Lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, yeah.”


14 posted on 06/03/2014 11:04:46 AM PDT by clbiel (Islamophobia: The irrational fear of being decapitated)
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To: apillar

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.


15 posted on 06/03/2014 11:09:07 AM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: MarkL

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.


16 posted on 06/03/2014 11:09:39 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: MarkL

Just looked and found tickets on sale now at a local theater.


17 posted on 06/03/2014 11:21:37 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: apillar

“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


18 posted on 06/03/2014 11:23:58 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: apillar

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.


19 posted on 06/03/2014 11:24:55 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: discostu
Got to interview Graham at a college radio station in '82, great guy. He asked "might I conclude with a squawk?" and gave a feisty one; "I bet that messed your meters up". He did a speaking tour at colleges and a CD of some of these stories, "Looks like another brown trouser job" was issued


20 posted on 06/03/2014 11:26:06 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

(and I saw him at the Channel in Boston, talking about The Dangerous Sports Club)


21 posted on 06/03/2014 11:26:40 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: MarkL

All the remaining members, anyway.

Unfortunately, John Cleese says that due to surgery, he can no longer do “The Ministry of Silly Walks”.


22 posted on 06/03/2014 11:38:03 AM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: MarkL

Excellent. Fathom Events, I assume? When and where?


23 posted on 06/03/2014 11:38:46 AM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: miss marmelstein
Graham Chapman is dead.

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."

24 posted on 06/03/2014 11:40:54 AM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Dr. Thorne

The Dead Parrot is always funny.


25 posted on 06/03/2014 11:41:44 AM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: TBP

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.


26 posted on 06/03/2014 11:43:19 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: TBP

Conquistador Coffee is still my favorite...

“S. Frog.”

“Shut up!”


27 posted on 06/03/2014 11:43:34 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Chickensoup

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.


28 posted on 06/03/2014 11:44:58 AM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: discostu
"They’ve always handled Graham’s death hilariously and with a complete lack of taste and etiquette."

And I am sure Graham would have wanted it that way :)

29 posted on 06/03/2014 11:44:58 AM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period. PALIN/CRUZ 2016)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Ever seen “Wallace and Gromit”?


30 posted on 06/03/2014 11:45:54 AM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: apillar
She probably watched Jabberwocky. There were some good movies and some not so good movies.

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.

31 posted on 06/03/2014 11:46:12 AM PDT by dhs12345
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To: Chickensoup
I understand Firesign theater records were funny...

"Nick Danger, Third Eye" was hilarious!

32 posted on 06/03/2014 11:47:15 AM PDT by Max in Utah (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: dfwgator

“What about this one.....Crunchy Frog..?”


33 posted on 06/03/2014 11:47:27 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: TBP

I’ll chime in. Absolutely. Great show and movies.


34 posted on 06/03/2014 11:48:27 AM PDT by dhs12345
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To: dhs12345

“Curse of the WereRabbit” is great.


35 posted on 06/03/2014 11:49:05 AM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: a fool in paradise
New material or “greatest hits”?

'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."'

36 posted on 06/03/2014 11:50:11 AM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Black adder and python fan


37 posted on 06/03/2014 11:51:04 AM PDT by morphing libertarian ( On to impeachment and removal (IRS, Benghazi)!!!)
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To: elcid1970

They’re bound to expect some sort of mock frog!


38 posted on 06/03/2014 11:52:05 AM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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To: TBP

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.

Check out the below link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7rzSslub6U


39 posted on 06/03/2014 11:57:24 AM PDT by dhs12345
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To: morphing libertarian
Black adder fan

Black Adder is great. Especially the reverse Christmas Carol one. Busted a gut.

40 posted on 06/03/2014 12:04:01 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: dhs12345

My wife does the same thing.


41 posted on 06/03/2014 12:04:59 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Starstruck

I loved the trenches in WWII and. Laurie as king louie


42 posted on 06/03/2014 12:08:09 PM PDT by morphing libertarian ( On to impeachment and removal (IRS, Benghazi)!!!)
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To: TBP

Great! More power to her. Tell her most people won’t get it so it is safe to do it in public.


43 posted on 06/03/2014 12:11:01 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: ConservingFreedom

“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!”


44 posted on 06/03/2014 12:26:16 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: morphing libertarian
I loved the trenches in WWII and. Laurie as king louie

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.

45 posted on 06/03/2014 12:32:41 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: MarkL; All

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.


46 posted on 06/03/2014 12:33:40 PM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: MarkL

Where do I find a US movie theatre ticket link?


47 posted on 06/03/2014 2:13:48 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: TBP

http://www.fathomevents.com/event/monty-python-live-mostly


48 posted on 06/03/2014 2:15:25 PM PDT by discostu (Seriously, do we no longer do "phrasing"?!)
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To: clbiel
“Lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, yeah.”

"I had to slim down to one and a half pounds to get into that costume..."

49 posted on 06/03/2014 2:17:57 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: discostu

Thank you.


50 posted on 06/03/2014 2:23:58 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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