R.I.P. – Rik Mayall

More sad news from the world of comedy. Rik Mayall (pictured at left below), the co-creator/writer and star of The Young Ones has passed away at the age of 56.   Not long after I was introduced to the likes of Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Fawlty Towers on public television, along came this somewhat […]

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Monty Python Live (Mostly): Let the mind games begin

Even though original Python member, Terry Gilliam, calls the troupe’s forthcoming get-together “depressing”, most of the planet is looking forward to their reunion gigs beginning 1 July at London’s O2 arena. Monty Python Live (Mostly) launches on the 1st July, with 10 dates scheduled. The comedians have ruled out getting the band back together for […]

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'Last Night of the Pythons' to hit the cinema LIVE on July 20

Given that it took about 90 seconds to officially become a sellout at London’s O2 arena, I’m guessing that you were unable to secure tickets to the July 20 performance of The Last Night of Monty Pythons some months back. If so, fear not. Sadly, on July 21, the greatest and most influential comedy troupe […]

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Michael Palin returns to TV for BBC One's 'Remember Me'

For someone that has had an asteroid named after them (Asteroid 9621 Michaelpalin), has not one, but two high-speed Virgin trains named after him in honor of his achievements as a traveller, is past President of the Royal Geographical Society and has been ‘unofficially’ referred to over the years as “Britain’s Nicest Man”, Michael Palin […]

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International Silly Walks Day – A January 7 post mortem

Blame the Monty Python troupe if you will, but we could all do with a bit more preposterous prancing in our daily routine. How could we have let this pass by without even so much as a mention leading up to such silliness. I guess we should get some what of a pass given that […]

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'Twas the Night Before Christmas – Python style

Much like watching It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story, one of my Christmas traditions is to listen to John Cleese’s adaptation of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Published anonymously in 1823 under the title ‘A Visit from St. Nicholas‘, the poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas has been called “arguably the best-known verses […]

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Celebrity guests lining up for 'Kumars at No 42' return in January

As the Duck Dynasty-clan will, hopefully, soon disappear from both telly AND its place as one of the trending topics on Twitter, it looks like the Kumar-clan will soon return to television after a seven-year break. The International Emmy and Peabody Award-winning comedy/talk show hybrid The Kumars At No. 42 will return beginning 15 January […]

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Monty Python's Circus to fly again!

Fans of the iconic British comedy series, Monty Python’s Flying Circus awoke this morning to news that has to have at least equaled King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table’s feelings when their search for the Holy Grail was complete. It’s as if the dead parrot that was bereft of life has been […]

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