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    The surviving members of the "Monty Python" team are reuniting for a stage show:

    http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24999401

    This could be very interesting indeed!

    „I believe in socialism because it seems more humanitarian, rather than every man for himself and 'I'm alright jack' and all those arsehole businessmen with all the loot. I made up my mind from viewing society from that angle. That's where I'm from and there's where I've made my decisions from. That's why I believe in socialism“

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    I fear they might not have the cynical edge anymore.


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    Jumped the shark


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    Quote Originally Posted by winnits View Post
    Jumped the shark
    Great phrase. Conjures up great images of the Fonz on water skis.

    Talk to me, Goose.

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    I'm excited for the announcement


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    Now, back in the day, I was a huge fan of Monty Python, but in a similar vein to The Old Grey Whistle Test, time seems to erode all the absolute tripe we had to sit through before a classic sketch emerged. This was the nature of the beast, in that it was experimental comedy. Will it work today? I doubt it, because everyone will want to see the Parrot Sketch or Ministry of Silly Walks, and yet won't be willing to sit through any new stuff. It's a bit like when you go and see a classic rock band and you have to sit through 80 minutes of their new CD to get 15 minutesof classics at the end.


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    Just maybe they will let rip on the new-age political and social taboos the way they did on the old ones?

    Not holding my breath though.


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    Is it going to be new material then, not just the old repertoire?


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    Still remember pushing through protesting zealots going to see " The Life of Brian " a film no matter how many times you see it, never ever fails to keep you amused.

    As one or two have said though, will they still be able to cut it, especially on a younger audience bought up on a what could must be considered a somewhat alternative type of humour.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex View Post
    Is it going to be new material then, not just the old repertoire?
    If they try and pick up where they left off or follow the current norms in humour, it will fail horribly.

    I think they still have the skills to challenge the boundaries, it is really a case of do they actually dare?


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    Are you a lumberjack are you alright?


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    The Monty Python films are done if the funniest ever but the sketch show was completely hit & miss.

    They're jumping Fonzie on this.


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    The chemistry will still be there. I saw Palin on TV a few weeks ago and he was sharp as a tack


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    I am hopeful.
    I wonder what they'll look like in drag now?


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    Has anyone seen the Graham Chapman animated film, A Liar's Autobiography? That was a collaborative project by most of the Pythons doing the voices - hit and miss, but retains the silliness and chaos of their earlier work so could be a clue as to how this will work out.


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    A lot of the Python's work has been hit and miss but I fear this will be more miss than hit. I seem to recall them getting together to do some anniversary night on BBC2 where they did some new sketches, which weren't that great to be honest.


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    Sadly it does not sound very inspiring from the press conference.

    Sky News - “Idle said the comeback would centre on the team's "greatest hits" but some new material is also likely to be included.”

    Oh dear it could be....and now for something completely predictable.


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    No one's forcing you to go!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex View Post
    No one's forcing you to go!
    The Spanish Inquisition?


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    No one expects the Spanish Inquisition...


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    I'm sure there are lots of people who want to go and see Python perform their 'greatest hits', nobody expected Led Zep to write an entire set of new songs when they reformed to play the o2.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbus View Post
    I'm sure there are lots of people who want to go and see Python perform their 'greatest hits', nobody expected Led Zep to write an entire set of new songs when they reformed to play the o2.
    That may well be true Barbus, but as with these repetitive Rolling Stones tours, it just degenerates into a bizarre anachronistic freak show.

    The Stones performing “Satisfaction” in the political and social context of the mid 1960's and Python performing “The Freemason Sketch” in the political and social context early 1970's had substance and meaning. But you cannot recreate the social and political dynamics of that era and as such any repetition is fairly pointless....all be it profitable.

    If Python are going to make a comeback they need to attack the current values of society with NEW material the way they did in the 1970's.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbus View Post
    I'm sure there are lots of people who want to go and see Python perform their 'greatest hits', nobody expected Led Zep to write an entire set of new songs when they reformed to play the o2.
    I'd say that's out of context. Most people will happily listen to a song they like again and again. When it comes to jokes, even if it's your favourite joke of all time once you know the punch line it's not going to make you laugh like it did the first time you heard it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rigler View Post
    I'd say that's out of context. Most people will happily listen to a song they like again and again. When it comes to jokes, even if it's your favourite joke of all time once you know the punch line it's not going to make you laugh like it did the first time you heard it.
    I agree it's not a direct comparison, but most of their material is songs and sketches anyway rather than jokes with punch lines so I think it does work in a live setting without it being all new.
    There are lots of sketches I've seen many times but still make me laugh - and everything is always funnier when it's live and there is an audience there to create an atmosphere.


 

 

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