Last week London’s power to entertain proved itself yet again by hosting a supreme show to mark the end of an era on one of the world’s finest and most successful comedy shows, Monty Python. I got lucky and was offered a last minute ticket which would have been criminal to refuse!
The live Monty Python show was the nations very last chance to see comedy legends John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin perform on stage (tributes to Graham Chapman).
Much to the surprise of the middle aged men I joined for the show (I’m an ’88 baby), I love a bit of Monty Python and was in fits of laughter and tears for most of the show. The Python’s politically-incorrect, surreal, outrageous scripts are simply not seen in our over-approved 2014 comedy, which just exaggerates the hilarity of it all for me. They walk a very fine line between genius and insanity to intelligently create this lovely pile of filth!
Classic scenes were extravagantly rolled out using armies of background dancers, pre-recorded sketches (ft. Stephen Hawking) and phenomenal orchestration, creating an absolute spectacle. It was non-stop hit-after hit rendition of their finest comedy material and I bloody loved it! I saw ‘Spam’ and a ‘Christmas hymn in heaven’, ‘The Spanish Inquisition’, ‘Dead Parrot’, ‘Meaning of life’, ‘The Ministry of Silly Walks’ and so they kept on coming… until an outstanding final performance of ‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life’ – it got pretty emotional in our box at this stage.
Eric Idle stole the show for me, without a single stumble or a word out of place and looking fit as a fiddle, which couldn’t quite be said for the rest of the cast but with a combined age of 378, expectations were capped.
There was heaving laugher throughout from the passionate O2 arena crowd in the knowledge they would never see such scenes ever again in their lives. The show truly was one of a kind which I will certainly remember forever. I feel extremely privileged to have watched the most influential comedy troupe of all time.