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Monty Python, the most famous comedy troupe in the world reunited on stage in London last night for the first of their 10-night stand at the O2 Arena. The show was a nostalgic trip back to the 1960s, as the five remaining members paid tribute to the Flying Circus sketches that made them famous.
As The New York Times noted in its review, the show may have brought together different generations of Python fans, but the show was not built on new material. There was nothing completely different in the show. If you know Python material, nothing the five guys did was entirely surprising.
In fact, much of the show wasn’t even a live performance. Archival footage, including clips with the late Graham Chapman, were shown on the giant screens in the arena. New animation from Terry Gilliam was also shown to the crowd. Obviously, the show lived up to its Monty Python Live (Almost) title.
That’s not to say that the show was bad. The Associated Press still praised the comic timing of Michael Palin, Eric Idle, John Cleese and the two Terrys - Jones and Gilliam.
The shows will wrap on July 20. According to The Telegraph, Palin has denied rumors that they plan on doing a worldwide tour, so if you didn’t get tickets to the sold out shows, you’ll just have to wait for the DVD or see them in theaters.
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