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John Cleese Looks Back on Monty Python's "Dead Parrot" Sketch on 'Late Night'

John Cleese was a guest on last night's Late Night, where he looked back at Monty Python's reunion shows at the Tribeca Film Festival over the weekend as well as the classic Python "Dead Parrot" sketch that Seth and his brother performed at their high school talent show. Watch another clip from Cleese's interview below:

'Monty Python: The Meaning of Live' to Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival

Get ready for another Monty Python reunion. According to The Wrap, a new documentary called Monty Python: The Meaning of Live is set to premiere next month at the Tribeca Film Festival followed by a 40th anniversary screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail as well as other Python screenings and live Q&As by John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. The documentary is a behind-the-scenes look at the group's work on last year's reunion shows in London and "examines the personalities, relationships, and circumstances that made the Pythons into a global phenomenon." Said Palin: "The Pythons are looking forward very much [...]

John Cleese and Eric Idle Drop Some Sick Terry Gilliam Burns

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! [...]

Monty Python Adds One More Night to Their Live London Show, Calls It Their "Last Live Performance Together"

The Monty Python era is nearing its end. Not even a week after releasing the music video for their new song "The Silly Walks Song," UK's Chortle reports that the legendary British comedy group has added one more night to their live reunion shows at London's O2 Arena and are saying it will "probably be their last live performance together." According to a spokesman, the Pythons were hoping to extend their London performances into a worldwide tour, "but individual commitments to other projects over the next three years has made this impossible." The show — called The Last Night of the Pythons — is scheduled for [...]

Simon Pegg to Play the Lead in a Movie that Features Four Monty Python Members

Simon Pegg is set to work with the Monty Python guys for the first time. Screen Daily reports that he's been cast as the lead in Absolutely Anything, a sci-fi comedy directed by Python member Terry Jones. Pegg will play a school teacher who finds out he has magic powers given to him by aliens, with Python members John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, and Terry Jones voicing said aliens. "As someone whose love of comedy was hugely informed by Monty Python, the chance to work with Terry was a gift," said Pegg. "Meeting your heroes is one thing – working with them is something else." Eric [...]

Watch Monty Python Take Over 'The Tonight Show'

Here's a clip from last night's Tonight Show featuring Monty Python's Terry Jones, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam, who are in town to celebrate Monty Python and the Holy Grail's special 40th anniversary screening in New York. The interview is not complete without a little drama over John Cleese not wanting to sit by Terry Gilliam (The cat fight continues!), but once Cleese finds a seat behind Fallon's desk, things gets a little more civil.

Own the Entire Monty Python Discography with 'Total Rubbish: The Complete Collection'

As if their live reunion shows in London, newly released album, and delightfully entertaining cat fights weren't enough to tide fans over, Nerdist reports that the British comedy group Monty Python has also released a boxed set of their entire discography called Monty Python's Total Rubbish: The Complete Collection. The set was released on CD and vinyl in the UK last week and includes all nine Monty Python UK albums: Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Another Monty Python Record, Monty Python’s Previous Record, Matching Tie and Handkerchief, Live at Drury Lane, Holy Grail, Life of Brian, Monty Python’s Contractual Obligation Album, and The Meaning Of Life. [...]

'The Last Night of the Pythons' to Air Live in US Theaters Next Month

Monty Python's American fans now have less reason to feel left out of their live London reunion shows next month. AP reports that there are now plans to screen the legendary British comedy group's final July reunion show in hundreds of theaters across the US including branches of AMC, Regal, Showcase, and Cinemark chains. Some of the theaters will screen the performance live on July 20th with additional screenings on July 23rd, 24th, and August 6th. According to Python member Eric Idle "fans will get plenty of old favorites, as well as some surprises 'that will completely freak people out.'"

Here's the Music Video for Monty Python's New Track "The Silly Walks Song"

Monty Python is re-releasing their 1989 album Monty Python Sings this summer with five new bonus tracks, including the above ditty "The Silly Walks Song" with an accompanying music video that might trigger suicidal thoughts if you watch it from a cubicle or any other soul-crushing professional environment.

Monty Python Adds Another Five Reunion Shows

Monty Python's reunion next year has already been expanded from one to five shows, and now the group has announced they'll be doing an additional five shows at London's O2 Arena next summer. The five living members of the group –  John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones – will now be performing on July 15, 16, 18, 19, and 20 of next year, as well as July 1-5.

Tickets to the first show reportedly sold out in 43.5 seconds, and the next four shows at the 20,000-seat venue went quickly as well. Ticket prices for ranged from £26.50 ($43) to £95 ($154). The show is [...]

The 20 Best Comedy Movies of All Time

The funniest movies tend to burrow into our brains like no other form of popular entertainment. Through repeated viewings and earworm quotes, they create unconscious templates for life's milestones and stopovers — dating, road trips, the college experience, marriage, the working world — and remind us of moments in time as well as entire eras. They're comfort food and therapy, high art and cultural critique, nestled lovingly amid fart jokes and crotch punches.

The best comedy movies also enjoy a freedom that seems out of place in most other media, with run-times that allow them to develop complicated but self-contained worlds, the full buffet of acting, editing, and musical options, and [...]

Mick Jagger Calls Monty Python a "Bunch of Wrinkly Old Men Trying to Relive Their Youth"

To introduce the press conference ahead of Monty Python's live farewell shows in London starting this week, Mick Jagger — who has made fun of himself plenty of times in the past — starred in the above clip alongside a lazing Charlie Watts, in which Jagger trashes the comedy group for being a bunch of old men who were hip back in the '60s and '70s but are now irrelevant and overplayed.

Terry Gilliam Calls Monty Python's Upcoming Farewell Shows "Depressing"

"It’s harder to do comedy now anyway: we’re older, we’ve become the Establishment we took the piss out of… Actually, the truth is I find it depressing that we’re getting back together again. It’s like, we worked so hard to get careers beyond it, to get to this stage, and now we’re being dragged back again."

Terry Gilliam in a recent interview for the London Evening Standard, in which the American member of Monty Python reveals that he's not exactly looking forward to their round of live farewell shows this summer.

Monty Python to Release Five New Songs this Summer

To coincide with their 10 Monty Python Live (Mostly) London comeback shows this summer, the legendary comedy group has also announced that they'll be re-releasing their 1989 album Monty Python Sings, only the new version will include five new never-before-heard tracks. "Just been sequencing the re-release of Monty Python Sings (again) plus five new tracks," Eric Idle tweeted out to his followers yesterday. "There'll be a new song on U Tube & new single May." The original Monty Python Sings album had 25 songs, including famous Python tunes like "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life," "Lumberjack Song," and "Sit on My [...]