LONDON – Monty Python – the veteran 73 year old British comedian – is to return to the stage for the first time in over a decade. The show entitled ‘An Audience with Us’ will preview next week at the O2 Arena in London.
The comedian said:
I’m looking forward to getting out there and doing my one man show. I’ll be doing all the characters. I’ll so my Mr. Shouty: John Cleese. I’ll do some songs as Eric Idle. I’ll direct a string of disappointing films as Terry Gilliam. Terry Jones is just going to be there as eye candy basically. Oh and my proudest work is the character I do called Michael Palin. This is my satire on the ineffably stupid idea of someone being a “National Treasure”! Whatever the hell that means.
Monty Python first became famous in the 1960s when he first appeared on British television with the comedy sketch show Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Although initially greeted with poor reviews and only modest audience figures, the series went on to become a cult hit and spawned a number of movies.
Film and television historian Mark Cousins (no relation to film and television historian Mark Cousins) said:
The main stumbling block for many on first seeing Monty Python’s Flying Circus was the revolutionary use of split screen technology which allowed Monty to play a variety of characters at the same time on screen. This led to some people mistakenly believing that he was actually a comedy team, instead of an individual (though admittedly versatile) comedian. Ever the situationist, Python went on to confuse matters further by releasing a series of solo projects by each of his individual characters including hit sit-com Fawlty Towers and the movie Brazil.
An Audience with Us will be released on DVD sometime in 2014.