The Bright Side of Life


Yes, I’ve always been a Monty Python fan. When “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” started on TV in 1969, I never missed a show. Their irreverent British humor, both on TV and their movies, was my cup of tea.

Monty Python Flying CIrcusThe television show ended in 1974. (A few months later, The Rockford Files started which also became an addiction…loved James Garner like everybody else)

The Monty Python Group was six of the most talented guys to ever form a troupe. After “Python” they each became successful in their own pursuits.  If you Google each of their names: Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese or Eric Idle you will be amazed at their body of work. The sixth member of the troupe, Graham Chapman passed away in 1989.Monty Python

So, it was a fun time to be able to see their final “get-together” that was recorded live from the London O2 Arena. It was shown three times this week at the Edwards Theaters.  They titled the show—“Monty Python Live (Mostly) – One Down, Five to Go”

Their crazy live skits were intermingled with old “flying circus” cuts and huge live dance reviews leading into another skit. The show lasted almost three hours with a 30 minute intermission.

For me, it was just so wonderful to see those guys, who are all my age, together, on stage, for the last time.

When they announced this FINAL SHOW, it sold out in 43.5 seconds. Another nine dates were added, which quickly sold out in a few hours. Every show filled the 20,000 seat capacity arena. The night of the July 20th “live” telecast at Edwards there was over 700,000 folks around the world tuned in to watch.

After the close, there was an encore with many celebrities joining them on stage (Mike Myers, Harry Shearer to name two) to sing their tongue-in-cheek song from “Monty Python’s Life of Brian.”  “Always Look At The Bright Side of Life”

Someone already posted it in YouTube so if you didn’t get to catch the live telecast, here is the grand finale.

 

 

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One Response to The Bright Side of Life

  1. Mary says:

    I never got Monty Python, but I did like the Penguin on the TV skit. I never like Benny Hill that much nor the Three Stooges, but my favorite comedy for years was Weekend at Bernie’s, and I love Laurel and Hardy. Not sure what the difference is to me. I just know humor is a very individual thing and there are a ton of people (mostly men it seems) who love Monty Python.

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