It’s been over 40 years since the original sketch first aired, but one of the most enduring bits from Monty Python’s Flying Circus is living on in the digital age.
With just under a week to go until the beloved British comedy troupe reunites for its first live stage show in decades, it was announced on Wednesday that both iOS and Android users can download a game app based on “The Ministry of Silly Walks” that bills itself as the “silliest...most ridiculous...inexplicably outrageous...flabbergastingly addictive silly walking game.” Of all the silly walking games, this one is no doubt your best bet.
In the game, the bowler-hatted civil servant first played by John Cleese travels through the streets of London as the player navigates him to collect points. It’s a little bit like Super Mario Bros., but sillier. Just be sure to mind the various obstacles you might encounter, such as pigeons, benches, boxes, and hanging beams. The app costs 99p in the UK, or $1.68, and is available in both the App Store and on Google Play.
“The Ministry of Silly Walks” first aired on Flying Circus way back in 1970. For a refresher, watch the whole thing here (come on, it’s Friday and you know you want to anyway).
Another way Python fans can celebrate the group’s reunion is with the release of Monty Python Sings (again), a remastered and resequenced version of the compilation album containing songs from the Pythonverse. The reissue also happens to mark the 25th anniversary of the album's initial release. The official Monty Python YouTube channel uploaded an album sampler on Thursday featuring clips from several songs. The two-disc album will be released June 30 and features three never-before-released songs, plus three new recordings.
It’s all building up to the big reunion show, “Monty Python Live (mostly): One Down, Five To Go,” which opens July 1 at London’s O2 Arena for a 10-night run (the extra shows were added after the initial one sold out in less than a minute). Rehearsals began last week and the group has been posting a few sneak peeks along the way, including this one that shows a brief shot of a bunch of bowler hats and briefcases, presumably to be worn by lots of people walking sillily at once.
The show is said to include both classic sketches and some new material and, as “Associate Python” Carol Cleveland said recently, “it’s a little bit ruder than it has been in the past.” Sundance has acquired the rights to broadcast one of the shows in the U.S.