In April of last year it was reported that legendary comedy group Monty Python‘s final stage performance, titled The Last Night of Monty Python and described as a “…final, weepy, hilarious, uproarious, outrageous, farewell to the five remaining Python’s as they head to the Old Jokes Home, on the big screen, in HD” would be shown live in theaters around the world.
A documentary titled Monty Python — The Meaning of Life was also filmed during these final shows that offers a glimpse into the preparation that went into the live shows and the history of the comedy group. The documentary will make its international debut at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival—running from April 15th to April 26th—where Python members John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin will be on hand. While there, the group will also be celebrating the 40th anniversary of their 1975 movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail and their other classics with screenings followed by Q&A sessions.
As we reported yesterday, the zany and unconventional British comedy ensemble Monty Python was holding a press conference today with a grand announcement of the surviving members reuniting. In that press conference, it was revealed that the legendary funnymen, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, and Michael Palin are going to do a one-off live performance at London’s O2 arena next July.
Promising, in the inimitable Pythonian fashion, that the live show will be chock full of “a little comedy, a lot of pathos, some music and a tiny bit of ancient sex,” this will be the first time this quartet have performed live for an audience (with the sixth member of the group, the late Graham Chapman) since they did stints that included The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles back in 1980.
The surviving members of the pioneering British comedy troupe Monty Python’s Flying Circus are set to announce a reunion this week via a press conference on Thursday, November 21st. And in the typical Python fashion of unpredictability, there’s no leak or tease on just what this reunion is going to entail. No matter what form of media it finally manifests itself as, it’s probable that it’s going to be met with a lot of success and adoration by Python’s rabid fans, some who have been following the comedy ensemble and its individual members since 1969, when Monty Python’s Flying Circus originally aired on BBC-TV.
That show broke every single rule of conventionality that was affixed to the “rules of comedy” and presented sketches in bizarre manners in which sometimes abruptly ended, had no middle, no end, no theme, sometimes engaging in slapstick or broad comedy, witty repartee and banter, visual gags which ran the gamut, it was almost as if the program and the men who created/wrote and performed in it, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and the late Graham Chapman were hell bent on presenting an A to Z of comedy styles, and then decimating it with their own flamethrower styles.
These days, movie studios are under the assumption that for their film to draw in audiences, their movie trailers have to be filled with that ominous BRRAAAAHHHMM! sound, made so popular thanks to its overuse in Christopher Nolan’s Inception.
So, how would the trailer of an older movie come across to today’s audiences if it were recut to appeal to this modern assumption?
Check out the video here below for a trailer for 1975’s Monty Python and the Holy Grail, a feature-lengthy comedy by the Monty Python troop, created to make the film come across as a 2013 tragic and epic blockbuster.
And while British music was appropriately represented in the ceremony, so was British humor, thanks to Eric Idle of Monty Python fame. Idle showed up at the event ready to be shot out of a cannon, but when that didn’t work out, the comedic actor, surrounded by performers dressed as nuns, led the crowd in a rendition of “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life,” a tune from the comedy troupe’s film Life Of Brian.