Monty Python Live (Mostly): One Down Five To Go (2014)
When the much acclaimed Monty Python TV series came to an end in 1974, it turned out that this was far from the end of the story. They then had their breakthrough in America, along with some films. Then it all went quiet for a while as they went on to work on separate projects, although there were always plenty of rumours that one day there would be a reunion of some kind.
Because they hadn’t been doing it for years on end, maybe there a chance that there was still some life left in the idea, and they could go through the hits one final time for a big old fancy stage show. So there was a mixture of delight along with some surprise when it was finally announced that the five remaining Pythons would get together again.
This would be a special show that would be staged for ten dates at the O2 Arena in London. Rather unsurprisingly these tickets sold out quickly, thanks to the promise of seeing some extra cheesy parrots. Some people felt that this had been inevitable, but could’ve happened a long time ago (I remember someone describing this as “At Last The 1998 Show”).
It’s fair to say that this was a success overall though. Now of course the idea was that they were going to perform some of their most popular sketches, which went down with the rather pleased crowd who were familiar with the dialogue, meaning that coming on stage and saying “is your wife a bit of a goer?” practically received a standing ovation in itself.
I also remember seeing a lot of comedians of various generations saying that they wanted to attend so they could see their idols doing their thing, which definitely gives the indication that they have been much imitated but never bettered. There were also some guest appearances from famous faces in some sketches including Professor Stephen Thingy and Mike Myers.
For two hours they were at it! And with the reminder that everyone should always look on the bright side of life, leaving people rather satisfied, the curtain finally came down on Monty after all these years, which must’ve hurt. The final show has been released on DVD, and extras include a sneaky look behind the scenes as they meet up again and have to decide what sketches to perform.