Llama lecturer /
Second Yorkshireman /
Armless Officer /
Pope Julius II /
Vocational Guidance Counsellor /
Officer Praline /
Second Penguin on Telly Pepperpot /
Albatross Seller /
Miss Anne Elk /
Mr. Barnard /
Spanish Dancer /
Piano player /
Pope's Servant /
Second Bruce /
Constable Parrot /
Professor D.P. Gumby /
Sir Norman Barry Castle /
Cardinal Fang /
I've got two legs singer
This reunion show features the five surviving members of Monty Python, with Graham Chapman's ashes in attendance. The Pythons look back at their work and receive an American Film Industry ... See full summary »
Uniquely intimate documentary following the stars of Monty Python as they reunite for a final time to stage a marathon ten shows of Monty Python Live (mostly) - One Down Five to Go at The O2, London in July 2014.
This series is presented by self-confessed Python nut Hugh Bonneville, each show with a group of five famous comedians remembering their favourite Python moments. Each guest chooses a sketch (or two) and it's played with their comments..
The pre-Monty Python years of the six members of the group. Covers their school and university days, their first individual forays into comedy, how the parts slowly came together and Monty Python's eventual formation.
The reunion of the Monty Python team on stage for the first time in over thirty years, and for the last time ever, was the most anticipated production of 2014. Filmed on the final night of the run of ten sold out performances, live at London's O2 Arena on July 20. This movie sees the five surviving members - John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Sir Michael Palin - together with Carol Cleveland, perform many of their classic sketches and much-loved songs. The show also encompasses film inserts from Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969), Terry Gilliam's iconic animations, outrageous dance routines by an ensemble of twenty, and a fantastic live orchestra. Featuring Stephen Hawking and Professor Brian Cox, with guest appearances by Eddie Izzard and Mike Myers, the show cements the Python's reputation as the most influential comedy group of all time and, more importantly, still one of the funniest. All of the favorites, with some modern twists, are included: the Dead ...
The show was created due to them owing eight hundred thousand pounds sterling (almost one million dollars) to Mark Forstater, the producer of Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), over legal fees and back royalties for their stage show "Spamalot!" The show was supposed to be for only one night, on July 1, 2014, but high demand for tickets turned the show into a ten night stand. Enough money was made that not only were they able to pay Forstater, but each of the surviving major Python actors were able to pocket two million two hundred thousand pounds sterling each. See more »
The screen at the end first says, "GRAHAM CHAPMAN 1941-1989", then "MONTY PYTHON 1969-2014". See more »
There have been at least two versions shown on TV in foreign countries, one of approx. 135 minutes and a heavily edited 90 minutes version. The latter of course omits a lot of sketches, though mainly dancing numbers and the in between clips, retaining most but not all of the stage acts by the Python members. See more »
I found the whole thing to be rather flat and forced. The problem, in my opinion, stems from the Pythons putting on this big, extravagant, over-long show - perhaps to justify the high ticket cost of seeing the show there in London? - with endless dancing and musical numbers, and some celebrity guest stars (on the DVD we only see Mike Meyers and Eddie Izzard on stage with the troupe; Warwick Davis and Stephen Fry, among others, also appeared during the show's run, and can be seen, briefly, in the DVD extras. Brian Cox and Stephen Hawkins appear in a funny taped segment).
The old skits performed here feel tiresome; the clips from Flying Circus are too familiar to be funny. The only genuine laughs occurred when one of the Pythons deviated from the anticipated - either purposely (a new gag scripted into an old skit) or accidentally (because someone has flubbed/forgot a line or ad-libbed an unexpected joke). The longest and best laugh of the entire show came toward the end in the combination Pet Shop/Cheese Shop skit with Michael Palin and John Cleese.
The big thing missing was irreverence, not taking themselves too seriously. Things got off to a good start with a funny piece of animation that revealed Graham Chapman's head - which then got kicked like a football (English football). Unfortunately, this was followed up by the still-unfunny-as-it-was-back-on-MPFC llama skit, with John Cleese and the Pythons addressing the audience in Spanish (not French, as in the original skit, if I recall correctly). There were far too many musical numbers, which I found myself fast-forwarding through. Hey, at least that helped cut down on this DVD's long running time!
Monty Python Live (Mostly) is the troupe taking a victory lap as establishment figures - not the take-no-prisoners comedy radicals that they once were. Besides, "Sit on my Face" seems awfully quaint in comparison to the potty-mouth kids of South Park. The end result here would've been much better if they'd allowed themselves to tweak their known skits and come up with something new and surprising, audience expectations be damned.
(On a side note, the booklet accompanying the DVD gives thanks to Tim Brooke-Taylor for allowing use of The Four Yorkshiremen skit but doesn't credit Marty Feldman as co-writer of the skit. It was originally performed on the At Last The 1948 show by Feldman, Brooke-Taylor, Cleese and Chapman).
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