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November 19, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Here are six favorite Monty Python moments -- "Dead Parrot," "Hell's Grannies" and more --  among a host of offerings from an informal poll of Los Angeles Times editorial employees.  Tell us: What other Python skits top these?   Follow me @AmyTheHub ALSO: What would you say on 'What Would I Say' Renaming Emerson school for Ron Burgundy Rob Ford timeline: What the Toronto mayor has been up to since May
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November 25, 2013 | By David Ng
Monty Python's big reunion has sold out in less than a minute, leading the British comedy troupe to add four performances to its July engagement at the O2 Arena in London. On Monday, Eric Idle tweeted that the July 1 performance sold out in 45 seconds. He wrote that the four additional performances -- July 2 to 5 -- also sold out in less than a minute. "This pretty much took us by surprise, so we are talking about adding more shows. I apologise if you didn't get seats. We're working on it," Idle tweeted.
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November 19, 2013 | By David Ng
They are all officially senior citizens -- and so are many of their fans -- but that isn't stopping the surviving members of Monty Python from planning a reunion that is expected to take the form of a stage show. Members of the beloved British comedy group are expected to announce this week that they are reuniting for a new stage production. Eric Idle said on his Twitter account that a news conference will be held in London on Thursday. "Make sure Python fans are alerted to the big forthcoming news event," he wrote.
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November 21, 2013 | By David Ng
Monty Python has made it official. The beloved British comedy group will be reuniting in July for a one-performance-only stage show at London's O2 Arena. The surviving members of Monty Python made the announcement Thursday at a comic press conference in London. The conference -- which some British news outlets streamed live online and which can be viewed in its entirety in the video above -- featured Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones. (The sixth Python member Graham Chapman died in 1989.)
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February 15, 2007 | From a Times staff writer
Monty Python's Eric Idle and John Du Prez, who created the hit musical comedy "Spamalot," based on the 1975 film, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," have mined the comedy troupe's film canon for a new musical venture. "Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy)," an oratorio inspired by "Monty Python's Life of Brian," will have its world premiere in Canada this summer as part of Luminato, Toronto's Festival of Arts and Creativity.
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November 21, 2013 | By David Ng
Monty Python has made it official. The beloved British comedy group will be reuniting in July for a one-performance-only stage show at London's O2 Arena. The surviving members of Monty Python made the announcement Thursday at a comic press conference in London. The conference -- which some British news outlets streamed live online and which can be viewed in its entirety in the video above -- featured Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones. (The sixth Python member Graham Chapman died in 1989.)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 2013 | By David Ng
Monty Python's big reunion has sold out in less than a minute, leading the British comedy troupe to add four performances to its July engagement at the O2 Arena in London. On Monday, Eric Idle tweeted that the July 1 performance sold out in 45 seconds. He wrote that the four additional performances -- July 2 to 5 -- also sold out in less than a minute. "This pretty much took us by surprise, so we are talking about adding more shows. I apologise if you didn't get seats. We're working on it," Idle tweeted.
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October 5, 1989 | BURT A. FOLKART, Times Staff Writer
Graham Chapman, a founding member of the zany and irreverent Monty Python's Flying Circus, died Wednesday in Britain of cancer, a spokeswoman for the group announced in New York. He was 48. The tall, slender Chapman who in 1981 wrote "A Liar's Autobiography" about his years with the British nonsense comedic group that was credited with helping reshape the face of television and films in the 1960s and '70s, died in a hospital, said Nancy Lewis, who represents Monty Python.
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March 19, 1998 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For comedy buffs, HBO reunites the outrageous Monty Python troupe, "Mystery Science Theater" goes to the Oscars and Fox previews its new sitcom starring Damon Wayans. Mike Nelson, Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo don their penguin suits to offer their zany opinions of this year's Oscar contenders on "Mystery Science Theater 3000's Academy of Robots' Choice Awards Special," today at 4:30 p.m. on the Sci-Fi Channel. HBO presents the "U.S. Comedy Arts Festival Tribute to Monty Python," Saturday at 11 p.
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February 5, 1998 | MARK GLASER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"You might find that you need to loosen up and stop being such a lamentable crab. In fact, you might be in real need of therapy. Don't be too proud to turn to your computer. It's there. It's listening. It's ready to help." The wisecracker who wrote that in the latest Monty Python CD-ROM manual was on to something. Though computers have often brought out the worst in us, there are times when we should throw our troubles to the wind and laugh.
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November 20, 2013 | By Philip Brandes
A convenience store cashier endures a stream of oddball customers, arguments about 1970s movies, even a drop-in by an ex-girlfriend now engaged to be married to someone else - the synopsis might suggest we're watching an early Kevin Smith movie. If only. Seattle playwright Wayne Rawley's “Live! From the Last Night of My Life” at Sacred Fools Theater suffers by comparison with its obvious sources of inspiration. Set in 1999, Rawley's dark comedy centers around sad sack Doug (Pete Caslavka)
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November 19, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Here are six favorite Monty Python moments -- "Dead Parrot," "Hell's Grannies" and more --  among a host of offerings from an informal poll of Los Angeles Times editorial employees.  Tell us: What other Python skits top these?   Follow me @AmyTheHub ALSO: What would you say on 'What Would I Say' Renaming Emerson school for Ron Burgundy Rob Ford timeline: What the Toronto mayor has been up to since May
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2013 | By David Ng
They are all officially senior citizens -- and so are many of their fans -- but that isn't stopping the surviving members of Monty Python from planning a reunion that is expected to take the form of a stage show. Members of the beloved British comedy group are expected to announce this week that they are reuniting for a new stage production. Eric Idle said on his Twitter account that a news conference will be held in London on Thursday. "Make sure Python fans are alerted to the big forthcoming news event," he wrote.
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November 19, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
It's a Monty Python reunion. Surviving members of the comedy troupe will reunite for a stage show. Terry Jones confirmed it with the BBC. Mention Monty Python and people start spouting punch lines. This is a troupe with a long history and wide reach. Jones, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and Michael Palin really started something when they brought "Monty Python's Flying Circus" to British television in 1969. There have been stage shows, films, albums and more.
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October 18, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Into every generation a sketch comedy (sometimes two or three or more) is born. Indeed, we can write the cultural history of our times in their names, from Sid Caesar's "Show of Shows" to the variety shows of Carol Burnett and Flip Wilson, to "Saturday Night Live" and "SCTV," to "Kids in the Hall" and "In Living Color" and "Mad TV," to "Key & Peele" and "Incredible Crew," with many more in between and yet to come. The latest link in this chain of laffs is "The Birthday Boys," premiering Friday on IFC. Its eponymous stars work out of the L.A. Branch of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (see also: "Upright Citizens Brigade," the late-'90s Comedy Central series that featured UCB co-founder Amy Poehler)
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September 1, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Television Critic
David Frost, the British interviewer and television personality who died suddenly Saturday on board the ocean liner Queen Elizabeth at the age of 74, had no real American equivalent -- he was something of a cross between Barbara Walters and Dick Cavett, perhaps, with a bit of Charlie Rose or Dick Clark thrown in. Properly speaking, of course -- for a couple of decades, anyway, back in the 1960s and '70s -- he was his American equivalent, a well-known media...
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November 4, 1986 | TERRY ATKINSON
Argument clinics. Twits. The Ministry of Silly Walks. Baby carriages that eat people. Spam! Spam! Spam! Spam! . . . What do they all add up to? Monty Python, of course. The TV series that started the whole Python phenomenon, coincidentally named "Monty Python's Flying Circus," is finally making it to videocassette.
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January 4, 2008 | Barry Hatton, Associated Press
LISBON -- Terry Jones giggles as he describes his latest project: Vacuum cleaners, dryers and parking meters singing opera on stage. The Monty Python alumnus and an all-Portuguese cast are rehearsing for the Jan. 12 world premiere in Lisbon of "Evil Machines." Jones co-wrote the libretto and is directing. To make the author's vision real, the singers climb into elaborate costumes, including one that creates a 15-foot-tall vacuum cleaner.
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April 27, 2012 | By Leah Ollman
The clumsy charm of Jeffry Mitchell's ceramic sculptures at Ambach & Rice acts as a sort of friendly greeting. After a bit of time in the work's company, more complicated, more interesting traits emerge, mainly an equal-opportunity attitude of gentle irreverence. The warm brown glaze with whispers of green that sheathes all of the work reinforces its staid, decorative cover, but beneath the surface, Mitchell is reckoning with -- and quietly subverting -- traditional representations relating to gender and Christianity.
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April 27, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
It's not often noted in the history books, but Queen Victoria simply couldn't stand pirates. In fact, the words "I Hate Pirates" are prominently carved on the royal crest. You could look it up. Well, actually, you can't, because the wacky folks at Aardman Animations made it up as a key plot point of their delightful"The Pirates! Band of Misfits,"a clever piece of business that is a complete pleasure to experience. Based on a novel by Gideon Defoe, who also wrote the screenplay, "Pirates" follows the exploits, such as they are, of Pirate Captain (wonderfully voiced by Hugh Grant)
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