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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.