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Monty Python Is Getting Back Together for a Stage Show

The five living members of the extraordinarily influential British sketch troupe Monty Python are reuniting for a stage show. Python Terry Jones confirmed to the BBC that he, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin are getting together to put on a show. "It’s real,” Jones said. “I’m quite excited about it. I hope it makes us a lot of money. I hope to be able to pay off my mortgage!"

More details will be revealed a press conference in London on Thursday, which Idle has referred to in tweets as a "big forthcoming news event." The group hasn't performed on stage together in 15 years; [...]

Fun Thing to Buy of the Day: A New, Complete Guide to 'Monty Python's Flying Circus'

There’s guides to Monty Python’s Flying Circus, and then there’s more specific and complete guides to Monty Python’s Flying Circus. This new two-volume collection, titled Monty Python's Flying Circus: An Utterly Complete, Thoroughly Unillustrated, Absolutely Unauthorized Guide to Possibly All the References from Two Sheds Jackson to Zambesi probably falls under the latter category, even if it's only because that name makes the collection sound very important. The first book covers episodes 1-26 of the celebrated television show and the second one covers episodes 27-45. The two books cost about 15 dollars each, making the guide a good investment if you want to delve deep into the [...]

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, [...]

Before There Was Monty Python There Was '1948'

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 120,000 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.)

Ira Glass has a quote on starting out in a field where he says: “For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just [...]

Eric Idle Is Determined Not to Reunite With the Other Monty Python Members

"And by the way these Python reunion rumors are just bollocks. Some greedy bastard producer in Hollywood floating an idea." – Sounds like Eric Idle won't be voicing an alien in Absolutely Anything. Bloody hell, twat rubbish bollocks!

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 [...]

'Do Not Adjust Your Set': The Children's Show That Launched Monty Python

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 120,000 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 idea of children's programming being "cool" feels like a relatively new idea. There's the indie rock/alternative comedy friendly Yo Gabba Gabba!, there's The [...]

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 [...]

The Time When John Cleese Wrote and Bet and Got Angry at a Newspaper

Letters of Note has a exchange from 1982 between John Cleese and the editor of The Sun, which stemmed from a report in that paper claiming that on the set of The Monty Python's Meaning of Life, Cleese got frustrated at the weather and chastised a bunch of extras dressed as Zulu warriors by asking "Which one of you bastards did a rain dance?" Cleese, however, did not agree that he said that so he wrote a strongly worded letter. That ended with:

"I know what happened. I am a zany madcap comic, and your writer thought of the joke and decided to attribute it to [...]

Monty Python Members Will Reunite as the Voices of Bored Aliens

The members of Monty Python will reunite in the live-action/CGI sci-fi farce Absolutely Anything, in which they'll voice "a group of aliens who endow an Earthling with the power to do 'absolutely anything' to see what a mess he'll make of things." While not technically a Monty Python film, the movie would bring together the five living troupe members for the first time since 1998. That is, if they can convince Eric Idle to join in. And that may be no easy task, if "Yoko Idle" is still pissed off about, you know, being called "Yoko Idle."

Three Pythons Reunite to Discuss, Argue, and Quip in 1989

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.

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 [...]

The Monty Python Guys Are Reuniting for Terry Jones's New Sci-Fi Movie

All five surviving members of Monty Python are working together for the first time in 15 years. The Python guys will be voicing aliens in a new sci-fi farce Absolutely Anything directed by Jones, Variety reports. The movie is a combination of CGI and live-action, following a group of aliens who endow a human with the power to do "absolutely anything," causing all hell to break loose. Robin Williams will voice a talking dog named Dennis. Jones says Terry Gilliam John Cleese, and Michael Palin are all onboard to voice characters and they're attempting to sign Eric Idle. If Idle joins the project, it'll be the first time all [...]

When They Were In College

Before many of our most beloved comedy stars made it big, they had the same four-year college experience as millions of young Americans. They sat nervously through the same orientation sessions, suffered through the same macroeconomics gen-ed classes, and shelled out $200 for the same anthropology textbook they were never going to use. But while we were arranging our class schedule so we could sleep in until noon every day, or briefly pretending to care about politics, our soon-to-be comedy idols were quietly positioning themselves to take over the industry, honing their chops in campus sketch groups, humor newspapers, and open mic nights. Below, we listed some comedians whose [...]

Monty Python and the Holy iPad App

But of course there is an iPad app that tells the animated story of the making of Monty Python and the Holy Grail! One half of the app is devoted to interaction with the Blu-ray disk of the movie; the other "follows the six main actors in 2012 as they relive each hour of filming," complete with descriptions of script changes, outtakes and photos. If this app sounds worthy of a noble quest to you, grip your coconuts by the husk and head to the iTunes store.