Fact. Even at the Monty Python Live show, they caught us by surprise. I laughed all night, virtually non-stop.
The list of classic moments is so long I actually had to write them down after the show. Sketches and sing-alongs interspersed with new material, famous clips and animations from the Flying Circus television show and Python films made each moment a treat, we literally did not expect the Spanish Inquisition. (Until Palin, Jones and Gilliam burst onto stage in red robes to wild shrieks)
This kind of highly anticipated event is one that runs the risk of not living up to expectation, especially when you consider the troupe have not performed together for 30 years. This idea was quashed as John Cleese was about to deliver the first line (looking suitably ridiculous wearing a Viking helmet) and burst out laughing instead. This sent the audience into utter hysterics, forcing him to ‘shush’ us like a farcical schoolmaster before he continued.
The hilarity resumed with the Philosopher’s song, the Chinese song, Whizzo’s Crunchy Chocolate Frog sketch and the Bruce’s amongst many other new and old moments. It was heart-warming to see that all the Pythons were really enjoying themselves, teasing each other and making each other laugh while still remaining professional.
One glorious moment occurred with Terry Jones and John Cleese. They were in drag, sitting rather ungracefully a couch doing a scene when Jones forgot his line. Both laughing, Cleese leaned over to prompt Jones and again ‘shushed’ the audience – most of us were about to roll off our seats.
The inquisition sketch itself segued into Eric Idle’s Universe song prompting a celebrity guest recording of famous physicist Brian Cox refuting the lyrics as utter nonsense, as he would know. He was then run over by Stephen Hawking in his wheel chair, who continued to sing the song in his mechanical voice. By this point I was weeping with laughter.
During the interval I tried to give my cheeks a rest from all the giggling and a man sitting next to us in our row started telling us that he had seen the Pythons perform in Drury Lane in the seventies as a teenager. I asked him what changes he noticed to which he replied only that they were older. We both agreed that this performance would live in our hearts as well as our heads.
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