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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! [...]

The Monty Python Guys Are Now Doing Five Shows in London

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 [...]

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 [...]

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.

Highlights from Monty Python's Reddit AMA

Following the news that the five living members of Monty Python are reuniting for a show in London next summer, all five participated in a Reddit Ask Me Anything this morning, answering questions about their new show, their old material, and each other. Here are a few of the best quotes from Eric Idle, Michael Palin, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, and Terry Jones. 

Terry Gilliam Feels Every Cut as a Castration

Months after Terry Gilliam's Brazil was already a success abroad, he and the studio were still fighting over how to cut it for America. When the studio head at the time, Sid Sheinberg, wanted to turn the very dark comedy into a light-hearted romp, Gilliam came at him hard. Well, as hard as a letter can be. He wrote:

I am not sure you are aware of just how much pain you are inflicting, but I don't believe "responsibility to the company" in any way absolves you from crimes against even this small branch of humanity. As long as my name is on the film, what is done [...]

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 [...]

Monty Python Will Perform at the O2 Arena in London on July 1

The five living members of Monty Python confirmed their plans to reunite for a stage show this morning. Eric Idle, Michael Palin, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones said they'll be performing at London's O2 Arena on July 1, 2014, saying the show will include a mix of greatest hits and new material “with a modern, topical, Pythonesque twist.” The performance will be filmed for DVD release. Tickets go on sale November 25, with prices ranging from £26.50 ($42.73) to £95 ($153).

“People do really want to see the old hits, but we don’t want to do them in a predictable way," said Cleese. "The main danger [...]