What've we got? Well, there's Monty Python. Python, egg and Python. Python, bacon, Python and Python....
These days, everything is coming up Monty Python, it seems. On Broadway, "Spamalot," Eric Idle's musical version of the classic 1975 farce "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," is causing "Producers"-like guffaws. The very un-idle Idle's latest book, "The Greedy Bastard Diary: A Comic Tour of America," was recently published. And fellow Python alum Michael Palin also has a new travel book, "Himalaya."
The antics of the British comedy troupe -- Palin, Idle, John Cleese, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and the late Graham Chapman -- are still so fresh, anarchic and funny, it's hard to believe that "Monty Python's Flying Circus" began its six-year run in England in 1969. The sketch series found a home in the States in 1974 on PBS, two years after the group's first feature, "And Now for Something Completely Different," opened in the U.S.
Beginning Friday and running for the next two months, the Museum of Television and Radio is presenting the series "The IN-complete History of Monty Python." Which means Python fanatics might want to run, not silly-walk, to catch sketches from "Flying Circus" as well as material from the members before and after the series.