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Monty Python, 1969-2014

Dressed in white suit jackets befitting the occasion, the five surviving members of Monty Python, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam, closed out their run of reunion shows Sunday evening by bidding farewell with the 1979 song from Monty Python’s Life of Brian, Always Look on the Bright Side of […]

Monty Python Live (Mostly): Let the mind games begin

Even though original Python member, Terry Gilliam, calls the troupe’s forthcoming get-together “depressing”, most of the planet is looking forward to their reunion gigs beginning 1 July at London’s O2 arena. Monty Python Live (Mostly) launches on the 1st July, with 10 dates scheduled. The comedians have ruled out getting the band back together for […]

‘Last Night of the Pythons’ to hit the cinema LIVE on July 20

Given that it took about 90 seconds to officially become a sellout at London’s O2 arena, I’m guessing that you were unable to secure tickets to the July 20 performance of The Last Night of Monty Pythons some months back. If so, fear not. Sadly, on July 21, the greatest and most influential comedy troupe […]

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – Python style

Much like watching It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story, one of my Christmas traditions is to listen to John Cleese’s adaptation of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Published anonymously in 1823 under the title ‘A Visit from St. Nicholas‘, the poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas has been called “arguably the best-known verses […]

Pythons to reunite July 1 for a night of ‘comedy, pathos, music and a tiny piece of ancient sex’

If anyone ever needed a reason to find the time to look on the bright side of life, that moment in time arrived Thursday morning following the little get together at London’s Playhouse Theatre. In announcing their forthcoming reunion that will take place in London at the O2 Arena on 1 July, the surviving Python […]

Monty Python’s Circus to fly again!

Fans of the iconic British comedy series, Monty Python’s Flying Circus awoke this morning to news that has to have at least equaled King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table’s feelings when their search for the Holy Grail was complete. It’s as if the dead parrot that was bereft of life has been […]

John Cleese’s Romance with a Double Bass

Nearly 40 years ago, in 1974, in the early post-Monty Python’s Flying Circus era, a charming little one-off special, Romance with a Double Bass was written by John Cleese, Connie Booth and Bill Owen. Unfortunately, it is light years apart from the previous Cleese/Booth collaboration of Fawlty Towers opting for a steady diet of physical […]

A tearful goodbye to BBC Television Centre…

As of today, the infamous BBC Television Centre is no more. It has ceased to be. It has gone on to meet its maker. Bereft of life, the Centre rests in peace! It is…an ex-Television Centre. On Monday, 18 March, a host of BBC stars bid farewell to the famous Wood Lane building for a […]

Monty Python – All the bits, complete AND annotated

If you get a chance to drop by a newstand in the not-too-distant future (i.e. this month), pick up a copy of The Atlantic for a brilliant article. “The Beatles of Comedy” is a great read and a real treat for British comedy fans worldwide. Working from the premise that the genius of the Monty […]

A Python’s twist to ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’

Published anonymously in 1823 under the title ‘A Visit from St. Nicholas‘, the poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas has been called “arguably the best-known verses ever written by an American”. It is said to have largely been responsible for some of the conceptions of Santa Claus from the mid-nineteenth century to today. While there […]

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