Posts tagged as monty python

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.

Eric Idle and John Cleese Are in a Fight and It's Ruining Everything

You know things are bad in the world when even Monty Python members are fighting. After Eric Idle kicked John Cleese out of Spamalot and noted that "It wasn’t mean — he’s had millions of dollars from it," Cleese tweeted references to "Yoko Idle." He argued (see below) that Idle's made $13 million from the show, but Cleese still hasn't seen a full million. Then Idle said that he "wouldn’t take £13 million to be married to [Cleese]" and Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones started crying and asking if they could go live with their aunt because Eric and John won't stop yelling mean things and [...]

BBC to Make a Movie About Monty Python Making Life of Brian

The BBC is making a movie called Holy Flying Circus about the controversy surrounding the release of Monty Python's classic Life of Brian. It was called an attack on the church when it was released in 1979, but it went on to be a huge hit despite that fact. This new movie will be written by Tony Roche, who also wrote for In the Loop and The Thick of It. As for who will be playing the Pythons, here's the cast breakdown: "Darren Boyd will play John Cleese and Charles Edwards has been cast in the role of Michael Palin. Comedian Steve Punt will star as Eric Idle, [...]

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!

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.

Monty Python Enter the World of Video Games with "The Ministry of Silly Games"

Bored at work? Monty Python has just unveiled "The Ministry of Silly Games," a collection of casual games with names like Camelot Smashalot and Gumby Flower Arranging.

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."

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 [...]