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Happy Birthday Graham

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Been a little while since I’ve posted. Sorry. In the past month, I’ve had one graduation, the holidays, getting the kid ready for a move and a new job, and getting ready for another Cleese trip, not to mention my 103-year old Aunt Betty passing away unexpectedly.

But this would have been Graham Chapman’s 76 birthday, and that’s always worth a thought. Graham was an active member of Python for 20 years, and a considerably less active Python for 28 years now. It took nothing less than death to slow him down, and even then, he’s still been popping up in places like the O2 show, and making an ash of himself in various reunions. In fact, one thing that Graham never was, was inactive, and I’m glad that trend continues.

I’ll start posting more regularly as I travel with Mr. C this month. If you’re in the Northeast or parts of the Midwestern US, keep watching–John Cleese is coming your way. And in keeping with our theme, he’ll doubtless have lots to say about Graham.

 

Time Out for Python

This is a nice piece on the Monty Python reunion in the new Time Out. My pal Mark Evanier noted here that although he is, like so many of us, a huge Python fan, he was bothered about a couple of things. I thought I’d take it upon myself to address them and possibly un-bother him, or at least bother him a little less.

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Firstly, this is, almost certainly, the final Python show. I say “almost” because anything can happen, of course. But the most recent word that I have from reliable sources–VERY reliable sources–is that despite some talk about a U.S. tour, etc., none of that is happening, not is it likely to happen. Without giving away confidences, the simple fact is that the five surviving Pythons are all extremely busy men (Graham, of course, has nothing but time on his hands), and it’s very difficult for them to carve out the same chunk of time to so much as have lunch together. The fact that they’re doing ten reunion shows in July is almost miraculous. The fact is, one of the Pythons is committed up through next year (when a U.S. Tour had been discussed), and when that commitment ends, others will be equally busy. And so on.
 
Of course, after the end of the shows on July 20th, the guys could all sit down and decide that they had so much fun that they want to do it again. But the busyness of their schedules (and, as they constantly remind me, the advancing of their ages) make this extremely unlikely. As one of them told me, “By the time we’re all available again, I’ll be too old to be climbing up on the stage.”
 
Secondly, Mark seems a bit bothered by the way the Pythons seem to tease, insult, and basically poke fun at each other. I’ve long since gotten used to this, but it’s true, they do this on occasion, and there have even been times over the past several decades when someone has taken something the wrong way. But it’s something they’ve always done. And, particularly when they’re doing interviews, it’s not terribly entertaining, interesting, or funny for them to say “The other Pythons are warm, wonderful human being.” Of course, they sometimes do say this, or words to that effect, but if they say it 99 times for every one time they insult one of the others, guess which is going to turn up in print?
 
The Time Out piece is actually rather perceptive in this regard, and the writer refers to them as like family. I’ve always told the various Pythons, particularly when there may have been a (temporary) falling out, that they are more like brothers than friends. When friends argue and fight, they often go their separate ways for good. But the Pythons are like brothers, who can bicker and argue, but share a common bond that will always bring them together eventually.
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Before I get too philosophical about all of this, I’ll just leave you with this takeaway: if you’ve ever wanted to see Monty Python Live, this is almost certainly your only chance. But you’ll have to come to them, as they won’t be coming to you. Trust me. 
 

Last Chance–Last Show!

I’ve been telling you all for months that if you want to see Monty Python Live (Mostly), you shouldn’t hesitate. Don’t wait for an American tour.

And now, it’s official. The O2 Shows in July in London will be the Last of the Pythons Live. No European Tour, no Australian Extravaganza, no Final Presentations in Finland. This will be it. If you want to see the Pythons, this will be your final opportunity.

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That’s the bad news. The good news is:

A final release of tickets for the final final show will go on sale Friday, April 4th at 12 noon (London time). This will be it, folks. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Click here when they go on sale, cross your fingers, get your credit card ready, and good luck.

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And here’s the official press release:

MONTY PYTHON LIVE (Mostly)

LAST NIGHT OF THE PYTHONS LIVE 20TH JULY 2014

AT LONDON’S O2 ARENA

TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY 4TH APRIL AT 12 NOON GMT

In spite of offers from arenas all over the world for further shows, the Pythons reluctantly have to announce that the last night of their run of shows at the London O2 Arena on 20th July 2014 will be the Last Night of the Pythons Live. All of them have many commitments elsewhere and it is difficult for them to find another window when they would all be free to work together again.

Because until now the Pythons were not sure whether they would be available to do any more shows after London O2 Arena run, tickets for the 20th July 2014 have not been available to the general public for some time. Now that the decision has been made that the 20th July will be the Last Night of the Pythons Live, the final tickets for this historic night will go on sale at 12 noon on Friday 4th April. If you wish to come and say farewell to the Pythons, please come and join them for their last and special night.

View the brand new music video from the Pythons to accompany their new track – “The Silly Walks Song” – that’s been written for, and will be featured in, the upcoming “Monty Python Live (mostly)” O2 shows this July.

http://youtube.com/montypython

 

Tickets will be available on the following websites:

The O2
http://www.axs.com/uk/events/246428?skin=theo2mars

Ticket Zone
http://www.ticketzone.co.uk

Ticketmaster
http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Monty-Python-tickets/artist/702617

See Tickets
http://www.seetickets.com/tour/monty-python/

The Ticket Factory
https://www.theticketfactory.com/default/online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=34FCA387-A43C-44CE-B515-5090BF5378DB

Hospitality packages available from www.markbutler.co.uk

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Python Sings (Again)…

It’s official. There will be a reissue of the 1989 CD Monty Python Sings, with five new tracks, one of which will be launched for free on Youtube. The Pythons will also release a single in May, leading the way for the Python Reunion show in July at London’s 02 Arena.

The first time I saw the Monty Python Sings album was at the Python 20th anniversary party in London. Graham had passed away just a couple of months previously (in an unsuccessful attempt to poop this particular party), and I was delighted to learn that one of the tracks on the album was an extended version of “Medical Love Song,” which Eric had helped Graham record shortly before his death.

Monty Python Sings is, essentially, a Python Greatest Musical Hits album; if you have a favorite song from Python, there’s a pretty good chance it’s on this album. And as of May, there’s an even better chance of a brand new favorite.

Python Live 1, Scalpers 0

Python footThe Pythons have managed to scrape together a few more seats for the second week of Monty Python Live: One Down, Five to Go in London this July. For the latest update, look here. FYI: there are reportedly still seats available in the sections that get stomped by the giant foot.

Python 2014 Pre-Reunion

Is there a better way to start 2014–the year of the Python reunion–than with a Python reunion?

This is an edited version of a 60-minute Special Feature that was filmed for the MEANING OF LIFE Blu-Ray, probably around the time the Pythons themselves were discussing doing a REAL reunion–which will be this July in London.

Enjoy, and a Happy New Year!

More good news for Python fans

I’m always delighted when I can pass along some great news about another Python-related project, following in the wake of the Python Reunion shows in London next summer. I’m even happier when it involves a long gestating project that my pal Terry Jones has been trying to put together for a while. There have been various announcements over the past couple of years, but it looks like it’s official: Terry Jones’ Absolutely Anything is set to begin filming next March in London, with Simon Pegg (Star Trek, The World’s End, Mission Impossible 4) in the lead. There are more details here, but most people here will be especially interested to know that John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, and Michael Palin will be lending their voices to the aliens who give Neil Clarke (Pegg’s character) his magical powers. Robin Williams will be voicing Neil’s dog in the comedy. Terry and Gavin Scott penned the script, and this is going to be great. And, after principal photograph wraps, Terry will be climbing on stage at the O2 Arena in London with the other Pythons. Yes, 2014 should be a good year… 

 

Sellout

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!

A Word to the Wise

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’…

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But if you wait too long–well, don’t say I didn’t warn you…