Eric Idle’s Comic Oratorio at the Hollywood Bowl

Eric Idle in tuxedo

So Eric Idle was at The Hollywood Bowl the other night. He’s been there before. But this time it was to bring his comic oratorio, based on Life of Brian, to the stage. Entitled “Not the Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy),” it has Idle, John du Prez (they’ve worked together on, oh, say, the original Brian movie–not to mention Spamalot), four full-on professional singers, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Pacific Chorale.

I’m sure a concert film and soundtrack will be released at some point–this is Idle we’re talking about here–but in the meantime, here’s a bootleg video taste of “Amazing Universe.”
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By | 2017-09-24T23:14:42+00:00 August 3rd, 2008|Stimuli|0 Comments

Monty Python vs. AM America

Monty Python group shot

From 1975, excerpts from an episode of AM America, where Team Python (without Cleese) were promoting Holy Grail. It’s a bit jumpy as we only get ten minutes of the program, but I’m sure this brings across the gist of how demented this show really was. I can only imagine the poor people watching this live on its initial airing.

A couple of questions: is it just me, or does the theme music seem a lot like a mashup of every 70s TV drama show?

Also, is it just me, or does Eric Idle, in that hat and overalls, look like some demented children’s show host?
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By | 2017-09-24T23:22:05+00:00 February 3rd, 2008|Stimuli|2 Comments

In Search of the Lost Python Sketch

Bloody hell. I had never heard of this before Mark Evanier pointed it out, but apparently this opening to an episode of Flying Circus was snipped away when it was re-run a few years later and then the footage was never un-snipped. And it’s stayed snipped ever since, including on all the DVD releases and re-runs you’ve seen. David Morgan, the man behind the book Monty Python Speaks, snagged a copy from a Canadian collector–which may be the only copy of the thing in existence. Be sure to check out Mark Evanier’s post and Morgan’s explanation on the YouTube entry (feedreaders can watch it there as well) to get the full skinnee.

By | 2017-09-24T23:38:25+00:00 October 30th, 2006|Stimuli|0 Comments

This Just In: Python’s Personal Best

There’s always room for Python–we all know this. A&E Home Video knows this as well, since they’ve gotten the surviving Python members to choose their best (acted and/or written) sketches. Those compilations, almost an hour for each of the gents represented here, are being released under the moniker “Personal Best.”

They do boast new material, with Palin revisting the site of the Fish-Slapping Dance and Idle returning to the Hollywood Bowl. They even come with their “Personal Second Best,” an additional slew of sketches, not to mention trivia games.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:54:14+00:00 September 28th, 2005|DVD|0 Comments

Rutles 2: Can’t Buy Me Lunch (2002) – DVD Review

Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch DVD

Film:
DVD:

Written & Directed by Eric Idle
Starring Eric Idle, Neil Innes, Ricky Fataar, John Halsey

Features:

  • Additional interviews
  • Melvin (i.e. Idle) outtakes
  • Alternate ending

Released by: Warner Brothers.
Rating: NR
Region: 1
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format.

My Advice: Rent it if you must.

The Rutles. A running gag that started sprinting, bringing together Python madman Eric Idle with the lovable musical whacko Neil Innes, and aiming them at a wonderfully large target: The Beatles. The 1978 mockumentary has what I guess would qualify as a cult following, since a lot of folks haven’t heard of it, but most who do love the damn thing. Now Idle has returned to bring us a sequel.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:59:17+00:00 April 7th, 2005|Reviews|0 Comments

Monty Python Live! (2001) – DVD Review

monty python live dvd cover

Film:
DVD:

Directed by: Terry Hughes & Ian MacNaughton
Written by & Starring: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones & Michael Palin

Features:

  • Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982)
  • Monty Python’s Flying Circus: Live at Aspen (1998)
  • Parrot Sketch Not Included: 20 Years of Python (1989)
  • Monty Python’s Fliegender Zirkus: Episode #1 (1972)
  • “Post-Python Troupe Highlights”
  • “Pythonisms” – a dictionary of Pythonic terms
  • “Bleeding Critics” & “Confusing Musings” – small tidbits from various Python shows

Released by: A&E Home Video
Region: 1
Rating: R
Anamorphic: N/A, appears in its original 1.33:1 format.

My Advice: Own It.

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By | 2012-02-01T13:21:50+00:00 November 12th, 2001|Reviews|0 Comments