Though it won’t be officially announced until later today, the word is out: classic sketch comedy troupe Monty Python is back for the first time in30 years. The group, comprised of John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and Michael Palin (along with Graham Chapman, who passed away in 1989) were the Beatles of comedy, spawning multiple movies and decades of non-stop quoting by nerds.
The exact details will be announced later, rumored to be a one-off or comedy tour with the group performing their best sketches. But with most of the current fanbase having never had the opportunity to see Python live, other than a brief reunion show in 1998, we thought we’d revisit some of the best live Python sketches of all time:
The Parrot Sketch
In 1976, near the height of their popularity, the group performed their best known sketch, “The Parrot Sketch,” live at “The Secret Policeman’s Ball.” The event was to benefit Amnesty International, but ended up spawning an even longer legacy with this classic performance.
Originally created for “At Last the 1948 Show,” a precursor to “Monty Python’s Flying Cricus,” the sketch came to prominence when Python performed it live at the Hollywood Bowl. Probably the best example of “can you top this” ever made.
The Lumberjack Song
Often coming toward the end of a live set, an otherwise stuffy, uptight character would declare they never wanted to follow their otherwise staid life. Instead, they wanted to be a lumberjack. And then a song would break out, as it did at the “Concert for George.”
Also from the Hollywood Bowl concert, all a man wants to do is buy an argument. Except the man he wants to buy it from refuses to argue with him. See what they did there?
Live At Aspen
The last time the group reunited was for the Aspen Comedy Festival in 1998. Sadly, by this time Graham Chapman had passed away. The group decided to bring him anyway, by carting an urn with his ashes up on stage … Leading to the truly unforgettable moment where they “accidentally” spill them everywhere.