The comedians behind Monty Python have turned into household names and The Holy Grail is potentially their most loved piece. Having been commissioned by the BBC in 1969 Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Graham Chapman began shooting scenes for a sketch show under the name of Monty Python's Flying Circus. The 45 episodes were full of surreal comedy which each and every one soon became cult classics.
Comedy legends from the second half of the twentieth century, including Monty Python and Morecambe & Wise, have been immortalised as part of Royal Mail's marking of April Fool's Day.
Royal Mail is marking April Fool’s Day by creating a set of stamps featuring some of Britain’s most treasured comedians, including the Monty Python team and The Two Ronnies. The stamps went on sale on April 1st, and are of limited availability.
The set of ten first class stamps commemorates comic figures from the traditions of music hall, stand-up comedy and sketch shows dating from the 1950s to the present. A photograph of the performer, and images of iconic scenes from their shows, are featured on each.
The Monty Python team are among those commemorated by the special stamps
The film, along with a new documentary will be screened next month at the annual New York festival.
It’s been four decades since Monty Python gave moviegoers an unforgettable laugh, when their first film Monty Python and the Holy Grail hit cinemas in 1975. So of course it's only fitting that the comedy troupe have found the best way possible to celebrate the landmark anniversary, by attending the Tribeca Film Festival for a special screening of the cult classic.
The Python boys are headed to Tribeca
The film will be shown on April 24th at The Beacon Theatre during the annual movie festival which runs from April 15th to 26th in downtown Manhattan. Surviving Python members John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin have all been confirmed as making the trip, which will also include the premiere of a new documentary filmed around the group’s reunion shows in London last year.
The 'Bad Education' actor and popular stand-up comedian scooped the prize for the third year in a row.
Jack Whitehall has been named as “king of comedy” for the third consecutive year at the British Comedy Awards 2014.
The 26 year old comedian and actor won the publicly-voted prize at the ceremony in Wembley, north-west London, on Tuesday evening. He beat the other nominated contenders David Mitchell, Lee Mack, Graham Norton, Greg Davies and Jo Brand.
Jack Whitehall won 'King of Comedy' at the BBC Comedy Awards for a third time a row
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The Pythons might not be back at full force, but if it's nostalgia you're after, they have plenty.
The last ever round of Monty Python reunion shows has been getting mixed reviews since its first night, July 1. While most fans likely filled the 20,000 seats of the O2 Arena because of nostalgia, rather than curiosity, the Pythons were accused of pandering to the point of being unfunny.
Eric Idle - The Pythons' final outing won't make any new converts, say reviews.
Anticipating the comments, Palin, Gilliam, Cleese, Jones and Idle brought out a secret weapon on their second night – an especially acerbic Mick Jagger, who roasted them before the media could.
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Alright Python fans, this is your last chance.
In what may just be the biggest comeback in showbiz history, the remaining members of Monty Python have teamed up again for a number of reunion shows. John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam took to the stage at the O2 Arena in London on Tuesday night in what is to be the start of a 10-gig run.
Eric Idle - The Pythons return for one final round of gigs.
In a fit of nostalgia, they performed a collection of classic sketches, including the Four Yorkshiremen and the Lumberjack Song. They concluded the show with a sing-along to the ever popular Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life.
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The Rolling Stones rocker was recruited to get the jokes rolling before curtains up.
Mick Jagger has starred in a promotional video for the upcoming Monty Python live shows, the first of which will be held tonight at London's O2 venue. The Rolling Stones rocker displays his witty sense of humour as well as his ability to laugh at himself by dismissing the Python troupe as "a bunch of wrinkly old men."
Jagger is shown sitting on his sofa with drummer Charlie Watts watching the World Cup before discussing Python's reunion. "Monty Python? Are they still going?" he asks in mock amazement. "Who wants to see that again? It was funny in the Sixties."
When an aide tells him that tickets for the first gig at London's O2 arena sold out in 40 seconds, Jagger replies "Wow. They must be coining it in. That's pretty amazing," adding "But they're still a bunch of wrinkly old men trying to relive their youth and make a load of money. I mean, the best one died years ago!"
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Rolling Stones stars Sir Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts poke fun at themselves in this sketch to promote the live comeback of comedy troupe Monty Python. Jagger ironically says, Monty Python? Are they still going? Who wants to see that again? They're a bunch of wrinkly old men trying to relive their youth and make a load of money, which references criticism the rockers face for still touring in their 70s. Monty Python's string of reunion shows start on Tuesday (01Jul14) at London's 02 Arena. Shown on YouTube. - Tuesday 1st July 2014
Monty Python's playful effort is the best example of a World Cup 2014 song yet
Monty Python’s cheeky reimagining of 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life' is a playful ditty, sure to galvanise the nation’s spirit ahead of the World Cup in Brazil. This is probably the best unofficial World Cup song England has had. Sorry, Lily Allen.
The Monty Python gang reunite [photo: Getty, Ian Gavan]
Uploaded to YouTube, the lyrics include: “When you’re in the World Cup, And all your hopes are up, And everybody wants their team to win.” – “Then they go and let you down, And come slinking back to town, It’s time for this daft song to begin.”
The legendary comedy troupe don't seem to have much faith in England's chances at this year's World Cup.
The recently united comedy group Monty Python are getting into the spirit of the World Cup, which kicks-off next week.
The comedians have reworked their classic "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life" tune, and called it the unofficial World Cup 2014 anthem for England.
Monty Python have made an unofficial England anthem for the World Cup
Barring Dead Parrot and the Spanish Inquisition sketches, Michael Palin doesn't look badly fondly on Monty Python.
Michael Palin, 70, has claimed that much of his pioneering comedy show Monty Python's Flying Circus was "crap". The comedian, writer and broadcaster conceded there had been some "gleaming moments" such as the Dead Parrot and Spanish Inquisition sketches but ultimately admitted that a lot of other material was "not really that good."
Michael Palin Has Called Much of Monty Python "Crap"
"People forgive you the things that don't work. A lot of Python was crap, it really was," he told The Daily Telegraph. "We put stuff in there that was not really that good, but fortunately there were a couple of gleaming things that everyone remembers while they've forgotten the dross."
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Monty Python tickets will go on sale in November.
News that the surviving members of Monty Python are to reunite for a one-off show at London's O2 Arena in July was met with universal delight in the comedy world this week, though there was an undertone of worry when Eric Idle and John Cleese started throwing the "doing it for the money" jokes around. Would the Monty Python tickets be too expensive for the true fans?
The Monty Python Reunion
"We're getting together and putting on a show - it's real," Terry Jones told the BBC, "I'm quite excited about it. I hope it makes us a lot of money. I hope to be able to pay off my mortgage!"
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The Monty Python reunion is some of the biggest entertainment news of the year.
News of the Monty Python reunion ripped through the entertainment world on Tuesday (August 19, 2013), with the surviving members of the Flying Circus, John Cleese, 74, Terry Gilliam, 72, Terry Jones, 71, Eric Idle, 70 and Michael Palin, 70, announcing that they are to re-form for stage show after a quarter of a century apart.
"Monty Python is set to be a flying circus all over again", John Cleese posted on Twitter. The news echoed David Bowie's return to music in that it was essentially a great big surprise.
On Thursday, the original team will reunite on stage at the Playhouse Theatre in London where Spamalot - one of the Python's most successful movies - has delighted audiences for years.
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