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Monty Python live (mostly), review: poignant and predictable, but tremendous fun
Telegraph UK ^ | 20 Jul 2014 | Ed Power

Posted on 07/20/2014 5:53:47 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult

Watching the livestream of Monty Python's last ever performance on GOLD, it was impossible not to experience a tingle of sadness.

So this was it, the final performance by the most influential comedy troupe of all time. Forty-odd years since Monty Python's Flying Circus revolutionized television humour and unleashed a legion of surreal catchphrases John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and Michael Palin departed the stage at London's O2 Arena to the strains of their darkly hilarious (or is it hilariously dark?) anthem Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life.

Watching the swan-song was a 15,000 live audience, with many more viewing via cinema simulcasts across the globe and on the digital television channel Gold (aka the station where it feels an Only Fools And Horses repeat is just an ad break away). The Python special had been heartily hyped by Gold, which went so far as to install a fifty foot-long expired tropical bird in central London, in reference to Python's much loved Dead Parrot sketch.

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Had a great time except for a 20 minute satellite outage at the beginning due to local weather. Theater was only 1/3 full at most. Crowd was fun. I don't know what it says about me as I know tons of people, it was the only showing in the area, and I knew nobody.
1 posted on 07/20/2014 5:53:47 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

Did they drop Graham Chapman’s ashes again?


2 posted on 07/20/2014 6:04:38 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: Focault's Pendulum

No.


3 posted on 07/20/2014 6:08:11 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
I saw it when they did that on stage. It was a strangely humorous tribute.

minute 9:13

4 posted on 07/20/2014 6:17:17 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

I’m not dead ,yet. I’m getin’ better!


5 posted on 07/20/2014 6:24:07 PM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

Growing up - every Sunday night was reserved for Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Dad’s Army. Nothing funnier then, and nothing funnier now.


6 posted on 07/20/2014 6:37:57 PM PDT by FlJoePa
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To: Focault's Pendulum

I’ve seen most everything Python. At the end of today’s show, David Rappaport was on stage with the cast. He wasn’t in any sketches. Many remember him from “Time Bandits.” I always liked the intro John Cleese gave him in “The Secret Policeman’s Ball.” “Not the smallest man in the world… but f’ng close.”


7 posted on 07/20/2014 6:46:37 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

Seeing the Pythons without Graham is like seeing the Beatles without John.


8 posted on 07/20/2014 6:50:20 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

One of my earliest tv memories was staying up late with my older brothers on the weekends and watching Monty Python. I’m sure at least half of it flew right over my head, but I caught enough that I would be doubled over with laughter most of the time.

I also liked Benny Hill and Dave Allen At Large, though I didn’t “get” Allen at all until I was a bit older. Also remember another comedy show on around the same time as Python called The Goodies. Much more slapstick and juvenile compared to MP IIRC, but I still laughed.


9 posted on 07/20/2014 6:55:25 PM PDT by DemforBush (Whoever double-crosses me and leaves me alive, he understands nothing about Tuco.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
At the end of today’s show, David Rappaport was on stage with the cast.

Thought he died?

10 posted on 07/20/2014 6:55:48 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: dfwgator

That was always the reason Cleese gave (or something similar) for why there would never be a reunion. They might work together on projects, but they didn’t think that they could do a Monty Python reunion. (That was then, of course.)


11 posted on 07/20/2014 6:56:25 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: DemforBush

Dave Allen At Large was great. Usually it came on after Benny Hill.....Good times.


12 posted on 07/20/2014 6:57:04 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Starstruck

I was wrong. He did die. Have to search to find out who the little person was on stage with them. Had to be somebody important to the Pythons.


13 posted on 07/20/2014 7:02:41 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: dfwgator
"Seeing the Pythons without Graham is like seeing the Beatles without John."

True but I bet Graham is smiling when he sees the name of the show. “Monty Python Live (Mostly) One Down, Five to Go" that is sooo Python! It makes me giggle each time I read it!

14 posted on 07/20/2014 7:12:42 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Mad Dawgg

Here’s a sampling of what we saw today.

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

They ran some of Graham’s performances from the original show.


15 posted on 07/20/2014 7:16:11 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: DemforBush

“One of my earliest tv memories was staying up late with my older brothers on the weekends and watching Monty Python....

I also liked Benny Hill and Dave Allen At Large, though I didn’t “get” Allen at all until I was a bit older. Also... The Goodies.”

You just described my greatest TV childhood memories!


16 posted on 07/20/2014 7:42:13 PM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

All I can say after watching that is, What a drag it is getting old.


17 posted on 07/20/2014 8:14:03 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Focault's Pendulum

I thought they should have done a fifty-foot-long dead Graham.


18 posted on 07/20/2014 8:16:14 PM PDT by RichInOC (“Right! Stop that! Silly! And a bit suspect, I think.”)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

One theater sold out well in advance (I learned of it last week and bought tickets online from a second theater, different chain). The theater took awhile to fill up but by showtime it was mostly sold.

There seemed to be some sound jitter (brief snips pausing) during the pre-show and even the opening fanfare but by the time their performance began, things were good.

Also, only the front channel sound was on (fairly low) in the theater. Diminished the power of the songs/music and would’ve had me straining even more to hear the dialogue if I’d been seated any farther back (I was at the front third mark).


19 posted on 07/21/2014 5:53:51 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Elian Gonzalez sought asylum and was sent back to Cuba, send these kids back to THEIR parents.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
Starting with a half hour behind-the-scenes broadcast presented by stand-up Dara Ó Briain, Gold's coverage was brash and boisterous. Emanating turbo-charged avuncularity, O Briain chinwagged with actor Martin Freeman and comedian Eddie Izzard (he'd already seen the comeback six times). It was a nice appetizer though things got a bit farcical as comic after comic squeezed alongside Ó Briain, vying to sing their Python praises in the heaving VIP Lounge.

I did NOT get this pre-show, by the way.

20 posted on 07/21/2014 5:54:59 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Elian Gonzalez sought asylum and was sent back to Cuba, send these kids back to THEIR parents.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

And from the name of it “One down, five to go” I was under the impression that this was one of the farewell shows they were doing.

So this WAS the final act?


21 posted on 07/21/2014 5:55:49 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Elian Gonzalez sought asylum and was sent back to Cuba, send these kids back to THEIR parents.)
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To: Focault's Pendulum

That is hilarious, I love those guys!


22 posted on 07/21/2014 6:13:24 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: a fool in paradise

wouldn’t that name refer to dead/not-yet dead Pythons?


23 posted on 07/21/2014 6:16:18 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Hegewisch Dupa

Perhaps.

But they were doing a block of shows. And according to the article, Eddie Izzard reportedly took in (watched) several of the shows.

Based on the flubs last night, and that I wasn’t able to coax a friend (although my brother did go with me), I planned to see one of the other nights. I knew this particular one was being rebroadcast twice more this week.

There are some screenings booked in August. From places I would’ve assumed would’ve been prime for the live broadcast.


24 posted on 07/21/2014 6:22:11 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Elian Gonzalez sought asylum and was sent back to Cuba, send these kids back to THEIR parents.)
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To: a fool in paradise

makes sense. And for the record, color me jealous - would love to have been there.


25 posted on 07/21/2014 6:29:48 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Hegewisch Dupa
I only learned of the screenings last week (Thursday). I didn't even know such a thing was being planned. Nothing about it in the weekly/monthly entertainment papers or even the weekend entertainment supplement from our only remaining daily newspaper (I knew Python was retiring but did not know about a pay-per-view opportunity).

No reason to rely on these liberal rags for "information" when everything I know and discover comes from someplace else (political or entertainment).

With regards to this screening, I read a mention of the screenings in an article on FR on the dead parrot monument. It was mentioned by a poster, not even in the redacted excerpt.

From there I had to do a web search to learn more.

I'm going to another movie screening this week at a brewery. Nothing on facebook about it (or the entertainment papers) even though the guest star, the brewery, and the mobile movie theater group providing the equipment all have facebook and personal webpages. Only the brewery has it on their site's event's calendar.

There are things going on that plenty of people would attend, if only they knew what was going on. And the same goes for driving people to the polls on election day.

Our media age has turned into a meaningless Tower of Babel and the corresponding babbling idiots.

26 posted on 07/21/2014 6:37:08 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Elian Gonzalez sought asylum and was sent back to Cuba, send these kids back to THEIR parents.)
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To: Hegewisch Dupa

Yes it does. They are planning no future shows, but if they do it will be a long time before the next one. Considering that the Pythons last live show before this one was in 1982, a later one couldn’t be attempted without Idle, Palin, or Cleese who are getting on in years.


27 posted on 07/21/2014 6:37:45 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

Since your screening was sparsely attended, I assume few in the audience were singing along. My brother and I sang (the lyrics were on screen) but not loudly. There were a few others in the crowd but it wasn’t loud. Certainly for a packed house.

And for the record, I didn’t sing along to every song either.


28 posted on 07/21/2014 6:40:04 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Elian Gonzalez sought asylum and was sent back to Cuba, send these kids back to THEIR parents.)
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To: a fool in paradise
"And from the name of it “One down, five to go” I was under the impression that this was one of the farewell shows they were doing."

No the name is an homage to Chapman. He died so "One down (Chapman) and Five to Go (The Rest of them)"


29 posted on 07/21/2014 6:42:50 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: a fool in paradise
Actually most of us were singing along. Had one guy dressed as a Gumby. Looked like mostly die hard fans.
30 posted on 07/21/2014 6:43:55 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

Going wed night in San Marcos CA.

No one to go with.

The only person I ever watched MP with was an hold girlfriend in Sacramento. She got it.


31 posted on 07/21/2014 8:23:27 AM PDT by morphing libertarian (Advanced technological development.)
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To: morphing libertarian

well she was a hold girlfriend and is now an old girlfriend. Thank you auto text.


32 posted on 07/21/2014 8:24:22 AM PDT by morphing libertarian (Advanced technological development.)
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