Monty Python's Flying Circus - Classic or Dud?

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would love to see the full-length version of cleese and palin's face-off with muggeridge one day. have only seen clips in docs, and it seems a corker.

sbgorf (stevie), Sunday, 14 August 2011 10:22 (six years ago) Permalink

getting repeated next month iirc? spods have compiled 45 minutes of it from all the excerpts in various docos over the years but this may be its first ever actual full rebroadcast

generous loller at dollies (sic), Sunday, 14 August 2011 15:17 (six years ago) Permalink

there's no "face-off" to speak of tho. muggeridge is an utter tool and the increasingly hurt and pissed-off cleese and palin just zing the senile old twat into oblivion.

Looking for Mrs Nutbar (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 14 August 2011 15:36 (six years ago) Permalink

awesome news. that's kind of what i'm after tbh nv.

sbgorf (stevie), Sunday, 14 August 2011 16:10 (six years ago) Permalink

"...We thought about doing jokes about Jesus. Trying to book a table for 12 for the last supper. 'I can do you three 4s. Or you can come in tomorrow night?' 'No, it's got to be tonight'..."

Ned Trifle X, Sunday, 14 August 2011 16:22 (six years ago) Permalink

"jesus h christ: lust for glory"

10/11 of a dead jesus (darraghmac), Sunday, 14 August 2011 16:24 (six years ago) Permalink

"not a funny building" tbh

Looking for Mrs Nutbar (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 14 August 2011 16:31 (six years ago) Permalink

Palin in partic claims to have been completely surprised by the vitriol directed at the movie. And tho I think they were being a little disingenuous when they said that they weren't laughing at Christianity, it should be pretty obvious to the feeblest feeb that the man-made fuckery of religious bureaucracy is the real target. Muggeridge, like a lot of late-convert Catholics, doesn't realise something that the church had sussed many years earlier: the best way to deflect satire is to pretend that the work is deeply religious at heart. (Obv it ain't)

Looking for Mrs Nutbar (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 14 August 2011 16:35 (six years ago) Permalink

Jones said at the end of the one of those clip show thingys - "It was't blasphemous, it was heretical..."

Ned Trifle X, Sunday, 14 August 2011 16:41 (six years ago) Permalink

Rather more than a clip show thingy actually. This was on the Beeb a couple of years ago.

Ned Trifle X, Sunday, 14 August 2011 16:46 (six years ago) Permalink

Great clip.

Inevitable stupid samba mix (chap), Sunday, 14 August 2011 18:25 (six years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

The new movie then:

Terry Gilliam cast doubt on whether a reunion would ever be successfully achieved. "We all have our own careers now … the BBC put us on 10 years ago, and it was an hour of mediocrity … the work wasn't what it should be."

He means that Monty Python Night thing hosted by Eddie Izzard, I presume. He's right, the new sketches in that were pretty mediocre.

DavidM, Friday, 27 January 2012 14:21 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

watching series four atm, move towards making each installment a more complete episode with a theme or two running through it works very well i think

less of the same (darraghmac), Saturday, 24 March 2012 13:52 (five years ago) Permalink

mm, where do you stand on 'The Cycling Tour' from Series 3? it's years since i saw it but i thought it worked pretty great; one long 30 minute sketch as it were. i think they put it into the 'failed experiment' box, or some of them did anyway as they never did that again.

piscesx, Saturday, 24 March 2012 14:06 (five years ago) Permalink

i think that was the first departure in that direction, yeah (tho 'ethel the frog' with spiny norman and the krays substitutes was probably close to it too). i didn't like that one iirc but i could revisit.

i think it maybe turned out a lot like one of palin's whatchoocallem tales?

less of the same (darraghmac), Saturday, 24 March 2012 14:09 (five years ago) Permalink

rippin yarns, that's the one

less of the same (darraghmac), Saturday, 24 March 2012 14:09 (five years ago) Permalink

Palin & Jones wrote Cycling Tour, also wrote Ripping Yarns

┗|∵|┓ (sic), Saturday, 24 March 2012 23:57 (five years ago) Permalink

only caught the ripping yarns last year, varying quality but not bad at all

less of the same (darraghmac), Sunday, 25 March 2012 00:10 (five years ago) Permalink

Cycling Tour is one of my favorite episodes.

Marilyn Hagerty: the terroir of tiny town (Abbbottt), Sunday, 25 March 2012 16:28 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

"¿Su mujer se enrolla? ¡Seguro que sí, seguro que sí!"

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 19 October 2013 21:17 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Ok so

piscesx, Tuesday, 19 November 2013 14:00 (four years ago) Permalink

"Idle went on to create spoof Beatles band The Rutles and wrote the hit Spamalot musical."

Neil Innes could not be reached for comment.

Ian from Etobicoke (Phil D.), Tuesday, 19 November 2013 14:06 (four years ago) Permalink

Eh, those reunion bits for the thirtieth anniversary special programming in the UK were pretty unspecial, and I can't imagine things being any better now. All feels like yet another Eric Idle attempt to keep functioning somehow.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 19 November 2013 14:28 (four years ago) Permalink

the reunion sketches were dire yeah. supposedly it was always Palin who didn't fancy a reunion much, seems he's come round to the idea.
it must be the early 1980s since they all last performed together onstage.

piscesx, Tuesday, 19 November 2013 14:32 (four years ago) Permalink

Palin's diaries are really good value, apropos of nowt.

Vic Arpeggio, Private Investigator (stevie), Tuesday, 19 November 2013 14:54 (four years ago) Permalink

true say. got a bit of a shock in Volume 2 when his sister killed herself :/

piscesx, Tuesday, 19 November 2013 14:56 (four years ago) Permalink


Vic Arpeggio, Private Investigator (stevie), Tuesday, 19 November 2013 15:17 (four years ago) Permalink

The 3000 Year Old Men

eclectic husbandry (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 19 November 2013 15:57 (four years ago) Permalink

Expecting the Spanish Inquisition.

Mark G, Tuesday, 19 November 2013 15:58 (four years ago) Permalink

The 3000 Year Old Sketches

Thomas K Amphong (Tom D.), Tuesday, 19 November 2013 15:58 (four years ago) Permalink

The Dead Horse Sketch

Mark G, Tuesday, 19 November 2013 16:00 (four years ago) Permalink

Did Cleese get divorced again or something?

Ian Glasper's trapped in a scone (aldo), Tuesday, 19 November 2013 16:38 (four years ago) Permalink

i've been watching these for the first time in yeeears, and last night i was thinking how awful it would be if they ever got together and tried to make it work again. and now this.

Autumn Almanac, Tuesday, 19 November 2013 20:26 (four years ago) Permalink

First it was the Pixies wo Kim Deal, now this. Ugh

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 19 November 2013 20:36 (four years ago) Permalink

don't tempt fate, they could recruit Gervais

eclectic husbandry (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 19 November 2013 20:40 (four years ago) Permalink

talk about not tempting fate, sheesh!

Mark G, Tuesday, 19 November 2013 20:52 (four years ago) Permalink

He added on Tuesday: "Python meeting this morning. Can't wait. Press Conference Thursday will apparently be live on Sky News. I'll get you the online URL."

get us the offline URL you lazy shit

ͼѾͽ (sic), Wednesday, 20 November 2013 09:35 (four years ago) Permalink

So, one show so far, at the O2 in London in July 2014.

my father will guide me up the stairs to bed (anagram), Thursday, 21 November 2013 13:13 (four years ago) Permalink

At a press conference, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones said they wanted to see if they "were still funny".

good one

conrad, Thursday, 21 November 2013 14:04 (four years ago) Permalink

You aren't, go back to writing your memoirs

Thomas K Amphong (Tom D.), Thursday, 21 November 2013 14:49 (four years ago) Permalink

John Cleese says, familiar sketches like “Dead Parrot” and “Crunchy Frog” won’t be done in “a predictable way,” but rather be given a “modern, topical, Pythonesque twist”


piscesx, Thursday, 21 November 2013 19:34 (four years ago) Permalink

Yeah, no.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 21 November 2013 19:35 (four years ago) Permalink

this is going to be very shit isn't it.

i mean, at least with rocky horror, people can enjoy the songs, and shout at the appropriate times turning the show into a mass gathering 'event'.

if they try and be clever and make their so called classic sketches different who fuckin' wins from that ?

mark e, Thursday, 21 November 2013 20:24 (four years ago) Permalink

nah, they shd do a show of nothing but misanthropic spite where they shit on every fond memory their audience has, that wd be legit lol

uk cheese board (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 21 November 2013 20:28 (four years ago) Permalink

would still be crap though.

that said, i have never fallen for the MP groove - too many of my school classmates used to recite the classics every f*ckin' day ..

so, with that in mind, anyone want a full set of the reissued expanded albums i have in the archive ?

(could be good time to check ebay to see if they are worth posting at long last !)

mark e, Thursday, 21 November 2013 20:32 (four years ago) Permalink

“Dead Parrot” and “Crunchy Frog”


Autumn Almanac, Thursday, 21 November 2013 20:41 (four years ago) Permalink

but reiterated that there would also be "some new material".

okay then

Autumn Almanac, Thursday, 21 November 2013 20:44 (four years ago) Permalink

the sad thing is i always thought it was awesome that these guys went out at the top and refused to get back together, and that they went out on such an uncompromising, nihilistic, fuck-you note -- 'meaning of life' is one of the most disturbing and upsetting comedies i've ever watched. i guess everyone gets around to doing that tedious reunion that everyone wants but no one actually likes.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Thursday, 21 November 2013 20:45 (four years ago) Permalink

plus there are about a billion sketches and bits on the original python show that aren't tired at all because no one ever remembers or recites them, but i somehow doubt many of them will make their way into this.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Thursday, 21 November 2013 20:46 (four years ago) Permalink

not everyone


Ayn Rand Akbar (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 21 November 2013 20:47 (four years ago) Permalink

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