On July 20, fans of the iconic British comedy troupe, Monty Python, will be able to see a live broadcast of the group's final performance of what will possibly be their last stage show. Fathom Events and Picturehouse Entertainment will present "Monty Python Live (mostly)" from London's 02 Arena three times; the first showing on the 20th is a live broadcast with rebroadcasts on the 23rd and 24th. In Huntsville, you can see the show starting at 1:30 p.m. on July 20th at Regal Hollywood Stadium 18. The rebroadcasts will be at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are $18 and can be purchased online through Fathom Events.
The show will run approximately 3 hours and feature Python members -- John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin -- performing some of their classic skits. A teaser trailer for the show features updated versions of the Lumberjack sketch, the Parrot Sketch, and the Spam Sketch. The highlights from the Wink,Wink, Nudge, Nudge sketch and musical number remix are especially amusing as they seem to spoof twerking and sexting.
"Monty Python's Flying Circus" aired on BBC from 1969 until 1974. American audiences first had a chance to see the comedy of Python in 1972 with the film "And Now for Something Completely Different". "And Now for Something Completely Different" featured clips from the first two seasons of the British series. A limited number of PBS stations aired the series starting in 1974 which increased the show's fan following in the States. The Python troupe also appeared in a series of films including "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (1975), "Life of Brian" (1979), and "The Meaning of Life" (1983) that sealed their popularity. In 1982 the group reunited for performances at the Hollywood Bowl; while the DVD version of the performance can be tricky to purchase, it's worth tracking down for "The Argument Sketch," "The Philosopher's Sketch" featuring a memorable joke about Foster's beer and its American counterparts, and John Cleese wandering through the audience hawking albatross a la a hot dog vendor. Netflix does offer "Monty Python Live!" as a disc to rent.