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Monty Python To Bid Farewell In a Simulcast Show 86

Posted by Soulskill
from the soon-to-be-pining-for-the-fjords dept.
dacarr writes "The five remaining members of Monty Python will be performing in the O2 Arena, and their last show as a comedy troupe will be simulcast across hundreds of theaters in the UK, and roughly 1,500 more across the world, according to the Guardian. Michael Palin says this is really going to be the last time before the Pythons cease to be. Well, at least, before Monty Python, as a comedy troupe, runs down the curtain and joins the bleedin' choir invisible."
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Monty Python To Bid Farewell In a Simulcast Show

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 25, 2014 @10:22PM (#46846133)

    The only absent member will be Graham Chapman, who died in 1989 at the age of 48.

    They could dig him up and have him fall out of cupboards, and other visual gags.
    The audition would be a mere formality.

  • Their next step (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    John Cleese wants to go back to making physics classroom videos. Eric Idle will be a singer-guitarist in a George Harrison tribute band, etc.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 25, 2014 @10:38PM (#46846197)

      Don't worry, they're only splitting up to get their heads together. They'll reform in a fortnight as Heads Together, then become Dead Together, then Dead Gear, then Dead Donkeys, Lead Donkeys, and the inevitable split up. After another ten days, they'll reform again as Sole Marnier, then Dead Sole, Rock Cod, Turbot, Haddock, White Baith, the Plaices, Fish, Bream, Mackerel, Salmon, Poached Salmon, Poached Salmon In A White Wine Sauce, Salmon Marnier, and Helen Shapiro.

      • by dacarr (562277)
        I think Salmon Marnier would only work out if they got Rex Stardust, the lead electric triangle from Toad The Wet Sprocket.
    • John Cleese is one of the main voice actors in The Elder Scrolls Online.

  • I have no more desire to see this than I do one of the Rolling Stones concerts. If I want to watch a Python Skit, I have the entire series on DVD.

    Let dead parrots lie.

    • by hey! (33014)

      Why not? I kind of get the "old guys can't be rock stars" thing, but I don't understand why you don't think old guys can't be funny.

      • Why not? I kind of get the "old guys can't be rock stars" thing, but I don't understand why you don't think old guys can't be funny.

        Because they won't be doing anything new.

        It will be like those later "Rocky Horror Picture Shows" where the entire audience will be chanting out in unison "It is an ex-parrot" at the appropriate moment. We've seen it all a thousand times and now it's just not that funny anymore. Yes it was at first but there has been nothing new in decades.

  • Monty Python Reference
    Monty Python Reference
    Monty Python Reference
    Monty Python Reference
    Monty Python Reference
    Monty Python Reference
    This is an Ex-Monty Python reference!

    Did I miss any? /Trying to save some time...

  • by NormHome (99305) on Friday April 25, 2014 @11:25PM (#46846307)

    Nobody expects The Spanish Inquisition, so does that mean we can expect them to put in an appearance?

  • ...I'll probably catch this for old time's sake. Amazing that they parlayed one season on BBC into...hell, I can't think of a word to describe their status.
    • There are multiple seasons. Also, the Holy Grail-movie was very important for their status.
      Although The Flying Circus has a lot of comedy gold in it, few people would idolize Monty Python based on it alone. In fact, you can be fairly sure that a lot of people who haven't seen the Holy Grail-movie think Monty Python-stuff is dreadful.

      BTW, a number of the Python-movies have been released on Bluray. Definitely worth a buy/download and subsequent rewatch.

  • The show will feature no new material and all the classic sketches you have all already memorized.
    • by Z00L00K (682162)

      Don't be surprised if something new shows up.

      At least they used to work unscripted from time to time, so something may show up in the heat of the moment!

  • When I'm out riding on my touring bike - Monty Python Is mixed into my cruise music.

    This might be their last "Visit before the chorus Invisible" But their classic and awesome humor will live on far past their "bring out yer dead" bell clanging.

    Thank you from the bottom of my humor warped heart, Monty Python is and was one of the greatest entertainment shows on the planet.

    And if anyone disagrees, It's fishes on the wharf at dawn.

  • Standing
    I can see that but what's it doing there?
    How should I know I'm not Doctor Bloody Bronowski
    "The penguin on your television set will blow up in 5 seconds"
    ***kaaboom*** about that!

    My hovercraft is full of eels.....
    • How you remember it.
      I can see that but what's it doing there?
      How should I know I'm not Doctor Bloody Bronowski
      "The penguin on your television set will blow up in 5 seconds"
      ***kaaboom*** about that!

      How it actually was
      Second Pepperpot I can see that!
      First Pepperpot If it lays an egg, it will fall down the back of the television set.
      Second Pepperpot We'll have to watch that. Unless it's a male.
      First Pepperpot Ooh, I never thought of that.
      Second P

  • WOW! like they say though nothing lasts forever.
  • This is when I get all nostalgic for the 'old' Slashdot and wish they'd never replaced the Monty's stamping foot for this sort of thing. :/

  • amazing talents (Score:4, Interesting)

    by cascadingstylesheet (140919) on Saturday April 26, 2014 @06:50AM (#46847145)

    Loved them when I was a kid, and have to watch their stuff from time to time (my wife, of course, finds them mostly unbearable).

    Funny though ... the world that they were spoofing was largely gone (outside of rarefied circles) even in their prime, and now it is really ancient.

    In a turnabout, it is today the hipsters and the snark-meisters who are the establishment at which you must not poke fun.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I think that's not the point. They were poking fun at the establishment and everyone else, but not because they looked like the old Upper Class Twit of The Year people. That is called hyperbole -- and was used for humorous effect. Still works today -- need to talk to the ACA people about your insurance, please talk to the complaints department or the Ministry of Silly Walks.
          still very funny. much funnier than that stupid big bang theory with it's boring math jokes

    • by Boronx (228853)

      There's still a lot of Python that's ahead of *today*, not to mention the time that they made it.

      Try showing Life of Brian to your Christian buddies.

      That old woman's tirade against the lady of the lake will always serve as a wake up call against mythical reasoning. Basically a quarter of Python highlights the vapidity of public figures and the perception of the figures. That will never get old.

      The summarizing Proust competition will forever perfectly satirize doomed attempts to bring high art to the mass

      • by bmo (77928)

        >old woman's

        Right-O, Arthur.

        Arthur: Old woman!
        Dennis: MAN!
        Arthur: Man, sorry. What knight lives in that castle over there?
        Dennis: I'm 37.
        Arthur: What?
        Dennis: I'm 37! I'm not old!
        Arthur: Well, I can't just call you "man".
        Dennis: You could say "Dennis".
        Arthur: I didn't know you were called Dennis.
        Dennis: Well you didn't bother to find out, did you?
        Arthur: I did say I'm sorry about the "old woman", but from behind you looked... ...

        Arthur: The Lady of the Lake,... [Angel chorus begins singing in background]

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