A collection of skits that made the Monty Python troupe famous, performed live at the Hollywood Bowl. Included are the singing philosophers, lumberjacks, the pope, and a suspiciously-male looking seabird vendor.Written by
Murray Chapman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Filmed while the Python troupe were in the midst of writing The Meaning of Life (1983). According to one book on the team, the Hollywood Bowl shows were intended to help the group break out of a writing impasse they had encountered. See more »
Video cameraman can be seen as John Cleese wanders through the crowd during the "Albatross" sketch, just before Terry Jones approaches him. See more »
[the Philosophers' Drinking Song]
Immanuel Kant was a real pissant who was very rarely stable / Heidegger, Heidegger was a boozy beggar who could think you under the table / David Hume could outconsume Schopenhauer and Hegel / And Wittgenstein was a beery swine who was just as schlossed as Schlegel / There's nothing Nietzsche couldn't teach ya 'bout the raisin' of the wrist / Socrates himself was permanently pissed / And John Stuart Mill, of his own free will, on a half a pint of shandy was ...
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The opening of the film features a "20th Century Frog" logo, parodying 20th Century Fox. See more »
In Europe, a remastered widescreen DVD of the performance is available. In America, the special is a bonus feature in the Monty Python 16 Ton Box Set, but it is an older transfer that is in rough shape, and a cropped fullscreen format. The cropping is painfully obvious in the closing credits, with some of the text slightly cut off. See more »
It's great to see that Python was an funny onstage as on TV. Here, the troupe successfully stages a live medley of some of their funnier skits. Interesting enough, British TV executives never thought Americans would find Monty Python funny, but American audiences (especially college students) became huge fans. The level of fanaticism is evident in the way that this audience is as familiar with the sketches as the members of Python are, and applaud raucously as soon as some of the opening lines are heard. As a treat, rent this along with "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." Experienced Python fans can progress right into "Life of Brian" and "Meaning of Life."
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