The Nudge Nudge sketch with Terry Jones and Eric Idle in 1971
I was planning to write something else but then I read the sad news. The beloved Monty Python member Terry Jones has passed away. He was diagnosed with dementia in 2015. In 2014 Monty Python reunited. It’s difficult to imagine that a year later Terry Jones wasn’t the same anymore. I went to see the show in the movie theatre and I also have it on DVD. I was glad I went to see it. It was ‘live’ so it was almost the real thing.
Goodbye, Terry Jones and thanks for the laughs. Say hello to Graham Chapman from us here on Earth. Rest in Peace.
This week’s Weekly challenge looks quite interesting. I have at least 10 drafts saved so I do this editing thing quite a lot. I decided to write about the event. I was going to write about it anyway so this task is perfect for that.
So I went to see Monty Python live (mostly) on Sunday in our local movie theater. It was live via satellite from London’s O2 Arena. I was really looking forward to it. The show was supposed to start at 9 pm but it didn’t. I guess they just wanted people to get there on time. On screen there were a clock showing when the show would start. The songs of Monty Python was played and then they showed stuff from behind the scenes. In between there were a quiz about them that the audience could answer between their friends if they wanted. Then they showed two videos made by fans that had won a competition. The videos were their version of a Monty sketch. One of them were the fish slapping sketch.
To make this story short. The show was great. There were music numbers, sketches and a few surprises. There was a sketch called ‘Blackmail’ It was a TV show where they ‘blackmailed’ celebrities about their deepest secrets. They led in a person to the stage with a paper bag over their head. And then they moved the bag and there was Mike Myers. Now that was a surprise. He said it was an honor to be on the stage with Monty Python and who wouldn’t agree.
What was really great was that they had the song ‘Finland’ in their show and during that song, 3 dancers with blond wigs were waving Finnish flags on stage. Of course the whole movie theater cheered and clapped.
The funniest was the Dead parrot and the Cheese shop sketch where John Cleese and Michael Palin forgot their words. They did it in style which made it funny. Bloopers on stage. They included Graham Chapman in the dead parrot sketch. So when someone had died, you could say “joined Doctor Chapman” Or maybe it was ‘meet’ Anyway, that’s the way Cleese said.
The show ended with “Always looks on the bright side of life” The audience in London stood up and clapped to show their appreciation.
Even if the show was on the big screen, it still felt like you were really there. The sound system in the theater is great. It didn’t feel like you were in the movie theater at all. I was on a live event once before but it was nothing like this. First I thought, Finns wouldn’t find this kind a humor funny but then why would the whole theater be full otherwise. There were English subtitles so it was easier to follow. The sound went mute for second or two but that’s satellite for you. Some of the audience sighed which was more annoying than the sound going off.
The review in my local newspaper wrote that the audience were mostly over 40 but I think there were more younger ones. At least in the theater I was in.
Outside it was a hot day and you think a movie theater would be cooler. But it was not. I guess there were so many people so the air conditioner wasn’t working the way it should.
I was really pleased about the audience in the theater. Usually Finns seem quiet when it comes to this kind of things. But the atmosphere was good. They were a lot of laughter. But when it comes to Monty Python, every laughter is real. The jokes never gets old. The show was just awesome. I can’t find words to describe it. I’m glad I decided to go. But I knew that as the soon as I found out it would be shown on Finnish movie theaters.
It’s been a great 40 years for Monty Python. Let their humor never die. Comedy and humor have never been the same since.
Long live, Monty Python. You’re great and you know it.