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 [...]
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.
"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.
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 [...]
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 [...]