July 20 had a much different feel to it than the previous night.
The Monty Python Live Facebook page just went live last week, and it looks like it might be a very good place to check in for occasional updates. Of course, this will, I hope, continue to be another very good place to check in for occasional updates. Why not keep using us both?
BTW, a couple of people have asked me if Terry Gilliam will be taking over Graham Chapman’s roles in this show. As I understand it…not quite. First of all, Terry and Graham are rather different types. Other Pythons may fill in for Graham in some circumstances, but there will also be clips and recordings of Graham filling in for Graham.
I should point out that while the show will include lots of favorite old sketches, there’s going to be new material, and new twists on old material. If you’ve seen or heard Monty Python Live at City Center or Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl, you haven’t seen Monty Python Live (mostly). Tickets are still blah, blah, blah…
…I mentioned a week or two ago that there would be some new Python material coming out soon. “The Silly Walks Song” will be featured in Monty Python Live (mostly) this summer at the O2 Arena, but the music video is out now. So why are you reading this when you could be watching it?
…Eric Idle turns 71 on March 29, and is getting a brand new Python reunion for his birthday this year. It’s hard to believe they’re now all in their 70s, and even harder to believe that they waited until now to reunite for the stage show.
I’m happy to say that he is busier than ever, organizing, producing, and in general planning for this massive production. Oh, and he’s also getting ready to re-release Monty Python Sings on CD with five new tracks, as well as releasing a single from it. Oh, and overseeing the various road productions of Monty Python’s Spamalot. Yes, he’s a busy man.
Eric and the others have influenced my life more than I have time to write about, but here’s one small example, stemming from one off-handed remark that I’m sure he doesn’t even remember.
Many years ago, I was with a group of folks, including Eric, although I wasn’t talking with him at that moment. There was a brief lull in the conversation of the group I was with, and I heard Eric say, casually, “Oh yes, I owned a tie once.” Something about the way he said it, and knowing he never had to wear a tie or deal with all that it entails, spoke to me loud and clear. I decided to embrace the idea, and avoid ties whenever possible. I haven’t been able to avoid it as much as Eric, but it struck me as a noble goal.
Of course, even Eric wasn’t immune to ties, although I can count the number of times on one hand since then that I’ve seen him wear a tie. Hopefully, today is not one of those days.
Happy birthday Eric!
As I write this, there are only two more spots open in my Python Process writing class at the iO Chicago. This is the one I warned you about here. This sold out almost as quickly as the Python reunion shows! If you missed out this time, cross fingers, and maybe we can offer it again soon.
If you were able to sign up for it, I’ll see you in January. This should be fun!
If you’re even thinking about buying tickets to the Monty Python reunion shows here, I wouldn’t wait much longer. After the first five shows sold out, they added an additional five shows last week. As of this writing, one of those has sold out, and the others appear likely to follow rather quickly. Not that I have any inside information, of course. I’m just sayin’…
But if you wait too long–well, don’t say I didn’t warn you…
Just a quick reminder that tickets for the Monty Python reunion show go on sale early Monday morning. For more, scroll down or go here.
And good luck!