Can Monty Python Make a Successful Comeback?
Get ready for absurd, outrageous, scabrous, raucous, sacrilegious, occasionally intellectually astonishing, often puerile and fall-down funny.
Can Monty Python make a successful comeback?
Can maturity – the troupe ranges in age from 70 to 74 – co-exist with inspired immaturity?
At the press conference Thursday in London announcing the reunion, John Cleese said he wouldn’t be doing his famous “silly walk” because he’s had a knee and hip replacement – which, nevertheless, didn’t stop him from marrying last year for the fourth time, this time to a woman some 30 years younger.
Four decades after Monty Python’s Flying Circus ended on TV and three decades after their last movie (The Meaning of Life), the five surviving members are planning a stage reunion in London in July.
They’ve said they’ll update some of the original material we know so well. There’s even a hint (a threat?) of more to come.
The endlessly inventive troupe is re-inventing itself.
Five Memorable Monty Python Moments
THE LIFE OF BRIAN
Brian: “You’re all individuals!”
Crowd: “Yes! We’re all individuals!”
Brian: “You’re all different!”
Crowd: “Yes, we are all different!”
Man in crowd: “I’m not…”
THE PHILOSOPHERS FOOTBALL MATCH
“Socrates scores, got a beautiful cross from Archimedes. The Germans are disputing it. Hegel is arguing that the reality is merely an a priori adjunct of non-naturalistic ethics, Kant via the categorical imperative is holding that ontologically it exists only in the imagination, and Marx is claiming it was offside.”
THE ALL-ENGLAND SUMMARIZE PROUST COMPETITION
“Well, ladies and gentlemen, I don’t think any of our contestants this evening have succeeded in encapsulating the intricacies of Proust’s masterwork, so I’m going to award the first prize this evening to the girl with the biggest t–s.”