RIP Leo Bloom, Waco Kid, Willy Wonka, Frederick Frankenstein, and especially #GeneWilder. One of the greats…
Been a while since I checked in with any Python news (or any news at all, for that matter).
Unfortunately, two of the three items today are sad ones.
Most folks have probably heard of the death of Kenny Baker, best known to most as R2D2, but better known to Terry Gilliam fans as Fidgit of Time Bandits. Here's a little more information courtesy of the Monty Python web site, as well as a tribute by Terry G and Michael Palin:http://www.montypython.com/news_kennybaker/373
And Flying Circus fans hold Fred Tomlinson near and dear to their hearts. The leader of the Fred Tomlinson Singers passed away in July, with more information here: http://www.montypython.com/news_FredTomlinson/368
I don't think I ever met him (although we were apparently at some of the same parties); but if his singers did nothing more than back up the Pythons on Lumberjack Song and Spam (and they did plenty more than that), I would owe him a huge debt of gratitude.
Finally, some very good news indeed. My old boss and dear pal John Cleese is receiving the Rose d'Or Lifetime Achievement Award in Berlin in September for a lifetime in entertainment. Well deserved and congratulations John; more information is here: http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-37093116
Glad I could end with a happy story!