Time Out recently conducted interviews with Monty Python's John Cleese and Eric Idle ahead of their live reunion shows next month, covering everything from the sad state of BBC's current comedies to the group's many disagreements over the years. Both Cleese and Idle were asked about American Python Terry Gilliam's recent comment calling the reunion shows "depressing," and they both had equally testy reactions.
Here's John Cleese's take:
I think Terry finds a lot of life depressing. He's been engaged in a life-long struggle with reality, and I think he's losing.
And here's what Eric Idle had to say:
Oh, he’s such a little arsehole! [...]
Last week, the five living members of Monty Python announced a reunion show at the O2 Arena in London for July 1. Tickets went on sale this morning, and sold so fast that the troupe has added four more shows. Tickets then went on sale for July 2-5, and those seem to be almost sold out as well. Organizers said the first show sold out in 43.5 seconds when they went on sale at 10 am GMT. The O2 Arena seats 20,000 people, and ticket prices ranged from £26.50 ($43) to £95 ($154).
One presumed reason for the reunion is due to a recent court loss by John Cleese, Eric [...]
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Depending on how you count these things, the last official Monty Python production, Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, turned 30 a few weeks [...]
Russell Brand will don the stage actor's powdered wig for a few performances of What About Dick?, a play by Eric Idle, in LA this April. The rest of the British cast is pretty fantastic too: Eddie Izzard, Jane Leeves, Sophie Winkleman, Tracey Ullman, Tim Curry, and Billy Connolly – plus Idle as the play's narrator. It's a "farcical romp" set in the early 1900s, which means there will surely be endless, interminable, unceasing naughty plays on the word "dick." You'd be an absolute fool to not attend this show if you have the chance.