For all Monty Python Fans out there: They’re back!
The comedy group is back for a new show: Monty Python Live (mostly). The show started on 1st July, and a broadcast from London’s O2 Arena is shown in cinemas around the globe. This Sunday, on July 20th , the show will be on in Luxembourg @ Utopolis Kirchberg and Utopolis Belval. Five of the former six members are performing some of their greatest hits. Among these are John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin.
For those of you who don’t know who or what Monty Python actually is:
Monty Python is a British surreal comedy group that is known for its black humour. They started with the TV show Monty Python’s Flying Circus in 1969. The show was on BBC until 1974. Their surreal and often absurd humour, through which they stood out of the comedy scene at the time, was later described as pythonesque. They were free in their fictionalizations and did the writing as well as the performing work.
Soon after, as they were quickly becoming more and more famous, they started shooting movies, beginning with: “And Now For Something Completely Different”, which was released in 1971. Other productions followed such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail and their probably most successful and memorable performance Monty Python’s Life of Brian. It is a satirical and parodic breakdown of religious and social topics. It takes a jab at religious movies from the 50s and 60s. The main character Brian was born on the same day as Jesus and is being, through his whole life, mistaken for the Messiah.
Brian: ‘I’m not the Messiah! Will you please listen? I am not the Messiah, do you understand? Honestly!’
Girl: ‘Only the true Messiah denies His divinity.’
Brian: ‘What? Well, what sort of chance does that give me? All right! I am the Messiah!’
Followers: ‘He is! He is the Messiah!’
Brian: ‘Now, f— off!’
Arthur: ‘How shall we f— off, O Lord?’
Monty Python’s Life of Brian
Some of you might also remember a cult moment, of several men hanging on a cross, singing “always look at the bright side of life”…
After two other film productions and their musical comedy Monty Python’s Spamalot, the group separated in 1983. One reason was the health state of Graham Chapman, who died five years later and to whom the subtitle of the show “One Down, Five to go” is dedicated.
John Cleese went on to reprise the role of Q in several James Bond movies, and also featured in A fish called Wanda. Terry Gilliam became even more famous later in life, by directing Brazil, Twelve Monkeys and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
In November 2013 they announced, that they are going to perform together again on stage in July 2014. Eric Idle said that the audience should expect “comedy, pathos, music and a tiny piece of ancient sex”.