Posts tagged as Graham Chapman

Dick Cavett's Semi-Serious Talk with Graham Chapman

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

The dark world of the comedian is an angle that gets played up a lot. Sometimes it's incredibly valid. Abuse, poverty, and isolation are [...]

Check Out the Fun, Trippy Trailer for 'Graham Chapman: A Liar's Autobiography'

Graham Chapman: A Liar's Autobiography has been in the works for a long time — we first reported on it over a year ago — but the trailer is finally out and its official release is on the horizon. A 3D animated film put together by some of Chapman's fellow former Pythons with the help of a number of different animation studios, the film puts Chapman's old audio recordings to good use. Mostly taken from the man himself reading from his "absurdist memoir" A Liar's Autobiography: Volume VI, the film looks to be more an insane celebration of Chapman's tragically short life than anything like a straightforward [...]

Monty Python Pays Tribute to Graham Chapman in 'A Liar's Autobiography'

It’s no secret that sometimes comedy is taken a bit too seriously. Comedy obsessives love not just the jokes, but the mechanics and emotions of the comedy world. There are a raft of comedy documentaries exploring comedy and comedians, but do they really have anything significant to add to the discussion? This series looks at comedy documentaries and whether they’re interesting, insightful, and possibly even…funny?

Monty Python's work has inspired countless comedians and writers around the world, but their work could never be accused of being simple to describe. And so it’s appropriate that a tribute to and documentary about Graham Chapman, the only deceased member of the group, [...]

Graham Chapman's Ridiculous Letters

Today, Letters of Note has two correspondences from Monty Python's Graham Chapman, both of which are totally ridiculous and wonderful for different reasons. One is to his bank manager, and the other is to a female fan. One of them was CC'd to Hugh Hefner; can you guess which one? Hint: the one with the crude drawing of a naked women covering the entire thing.

Fox Didn’t Want Chris Elliott and ‘Get a Life’ Co-Creator David Mirkin to Meet Each Other

“The network [Fox] … didn’t want us to meet because they knew I was doing a crazy show, they knew that Chris was a crazy guy, and it was like, ‘This crazy guy meeting this other crazy guy is going to be too intense. Let’s keep them apart,’” says Get a Life co-creator and Simpsons seasons 5 and 6 showrunner David Mirkin in the first in a five-part interview with The AV Club. The interview is jam-packed with stuff that’ll make your comedy nerd head explode, including Mirkin talking about developing an adaptation of the UK comedy The Young Ones for Fox, working with Graham Chapman just prior [...]

Monty Python's Graham Chapman to Star in New Film, Despite Having Died in 1989

I hope when they reuse the audio from my life to make a biopic, they take out all the cursing and/or make me sound like I actually said things. Now currently in production, Monty Python's Graham Chapman movie will be using recordings Chapman made prior to his death reading his "absurdist memoir" entitled "A Liar's Autobiography: Volume VI." The animated film would splice together Graham's narration, dialogue from the remaining Pythons and animation from 15 different animation companies making the films many "chapters," which seems like 14 too many considering that Terry Gilliam is still upright and breathing. So exactly how much actual information will the film [...]