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Pythons leave them singing at London reunion show
reuters.com ^ | July 2, 2014 | PAUL HACKETT

Posted on 07/02/2014 4:08:34 PM PDT by ransomnote

(Reuters) - An audience of 16,000 cheered for the dead parrot and the Spanish Inquisition, and sang along to "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" in London's O2 arena on Tuesday for the premiere of what has been billed as Monty Python's last stand.

For tickets that cost up to 95 pounds ($160), and were sold out in 44 seconds, Python fans saw Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam, all in their 70s, perform together for what they have said is probably the last time.

The first of 10 nights of "Monty Python Live (Mostly): One Down Five to Go" was pretty much what it said on the tin - a medley of famous sketches performed by the people who created them. The last show, on July 20, will be broadcast worldwide.

The Pythons were aided and abetted by a live orchestra and a chorus line of singing and dancing men and women. Carol Cleveland, the only woman who made regular appearances in the 1960s show, which brought a new style of British humour to a global audience, was there to reprise her popular roles.

Graham Chapman, the sixth Python, who died in 1989, appeared on film clips, along with some of the original television footage of Python sketches shown on a huge video display.

British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, a professed Python fan, made a guest appearance on film while the popular British comedian Stephen Fry was on stage for the Pythons' spoof television game show "Blackmail," in which dark secrets of viewers are revealed unless they mail in large sums of money.

(Excerpt) Read more at in.reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: comedy; montypython; reunion
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1 posted on 07/02/2014 4:08:34 PM PDT by ransomnote
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To: ransomnote

July 20. I shall be watching.


2 posted on 07/02/2014 4:11:19 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: fhayek

Lucky!

I wish I had the money and the time.


3 posted on 07/02/2014 4:13:51 PM PDT by Thorliveshere (Minnesota Survivor)
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To: ransomnote

“Blackmail”. One of the funnier bits. Michael Palin, as the show host talking on the phone with a contestant “No sir, we don’t morally censure, we just want the money. OK , it’s on the way? OK then, goodbye dad.”

CC


4 posted on 07/02/2014 4:15:49 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: ransomnote

I love it!!


5 posted on 07/02/2014 4:16:37 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: ransomnote
Why the reunion show(s)?

Insiders say that the crew worried that the Obama Jivethon Lying Circus cast's hilarious parody of an American Administration topped all Python efforts of the past.. in toto. No exceptions. Everything.

6 posted on 07/02/2014 4:16:42 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: fhayek
Watching what? As Mick Jagger pointed out about the reunion, "a bunch of wrinkly old men trying to relive their youth."

(Yes, Jagger was self-deprecatingly promoting...)

7 posted on 07/02/2014 4:21:46 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: ransomnote

It’s just a flesh wound!


8 posted on 07/02/2014 4:23:19 PM PDT by wastedyears (I'm a pessimist, I say plenty of negative things. Consider it a warning of sorts.)
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To: wastedyears

I’m not dead yet!


9 posted on 07/02/2014 4:28:50 PM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: wastedyears

Is that an African or European Swallow.....???


10 posted on 07/02/2014 4:29:09 PM PDT by njslim (T)
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To: ransomnote

Wenn ist die Nunstück git und Slotermeier?
Ja! Bierhund die oder Flipperwaldt gerspüt!


11 posted on 07/02/2014 4:40:30 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Dr. Ursus
SCENE: Catholic woman at sink, washing dishes. Gives birth, baby drops, thumps on floor...

"Would you mind getting that, dear."

12 posted on 07/02/2014 4:49:50 PM PDT by chiller (NBCNews et al is in the tank and should be embarrassed)
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To: Kirkwood

13 posted on 07/02/2014 4:51:20 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: ransomnote

Well,right now were building the doctor a holiday home...

14 posted on 07/02/2014 4:54:42 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: Yo-Yo
One of the funniest skits ever.

Two peanuts vere valking down die Straße, and one of them vas assauted . . . peanut.

15 posted on 07/02/2014 4:56:22 PM PDT by Hoodat (Proverbs 29:2)
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To: ransomnote

And the parrot is still dead. Not stunned.


16 posted on 07/02/2014 5:03:37 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read newspapers you are misinformed)
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To: ransomnote

British surreal comedy has had quite an evolution. Before and after Monty Python (1969) there was (some highlights):

The Goon Show (radio)(1951-1960). Included Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, and Harry Secombe. Very influential.

Beyond the Fringe (1964). Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.

At Last the 1948 Show (1967-1968) (included Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Marty Feldman, and Tim Brooke-Taylor (of The Goodies).

Do Not Adjust Your Set (1967-1969) (included Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam).

How to Irritate People (1968)(single show featuring John Cleese.)

Marty (1968) and It’s Marty (1969). (Many of the above.)

The Q Series (1969-1982). Spike Milligan. There were six series in all, the first five numbered from Q5 to Q9, and a final series titled There’s a Lot of It About. Q5 heavily influence Monty Python.

The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine (1971).

The Goodies (1970-1980).

Derek and Clive Get the Horn (1979). Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.

The Young Ones (1982–1984).


17 posted on 07/02/2014 5:10:57 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: SkyDancer

Amongst our weaponry are such elements as... I’ll come in again.

Dennis, there’s some lovely filth down here!

Help, help! I’m being repressed!!!

Aqueduct!


18 posted on 07/02/2014 5:20:02 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: SkyDancer

Argument Clinic -

I would like to have an argument.

SHUT YOUR FESTERING GOB YOU TIT !


19 posted on 07/02/2014 5:42:03 PM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: Col Frank Slade

No it isn’t.


20 posted on 07/02/2014 5:45:20 PM PDT by JmyBryan
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To: Col Frank Slade

For my b’day I received a four set of Monty Python DVD’s. I laughed my self sick over them. I was only twelve.


21 posted on 07/02/2014 5:55:41 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read newspapers you are misinformed)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

The Marty Feldman shows were wonderful. He had Pythons writing for them. A golden age for British comedy.

Anybody seen the new show “Vicious” starring those masters of knockabout comedy, Sir Derek Jacobi and Sir Ian McKellan? It’s the old show Rising Damp with two of the biggest queens in show biz. Not hilarious but has possibilities.


22 posted on 07/02/2014 6:40:25 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: ransomnote
Carol Cleveland -My favorite Cleveland.
23 posted on 07/02/2014 7:19:19 PM PDT by DManA
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To: ransomnote

We’re going to build a bridge between both peaks of Kilimanjaro.


24 posted on 07/02/2014 7:20:31 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Col Frank Slade

Argument Clinic -

Or as it’s called today “FreeRepublic”. [you stupid git]


25 posted on 07/02/2014 7:25:10 PM PDT by DManA
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To: ransomnote

What amazed me was when I realized how Monty Python appealed to kids.

My brother and his wife took care of six greek boys (Nephews) from age 4 to 12, and I looked out the window at them, and they were laughing and giggling as they faithfully re-enacted entire Monty Python sketches!

It really floored me!


26 posted on 07/02/2014 7:37:16 PM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by it"s weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: ransomnote


                                              My Hero!
27 posted on 07/04/2014 7:57:54 AM PDT by BraveMan
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