Monty Python is a staple here at IFC, not only because it is cry-laugh funny, it is one of the most influential comedy programs ever created. As much as we love “The Whitest Kids U’Know”and the “Kids in the Hall,” we know that they probably wouldn’t have existed without the lasting influence of Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman and John Cleese.
Monty Python’s Flying Circus hit the BBC in 1969. It was smart and silly, cutting edge and obscene and changed the rules for television comedy. The team behind the show managed to use their OxBridge university educations to make their laughs erudite yet accessible, and most important, funny. The Pythons went on to make now-classic comedy films, including The Meaning of Life, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, and, of course, “Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl,” which airs today at 4:15 p.m ET.
“Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl” consists of “concert” footage of the nonsensical British troupe. The 77-minute collection of skits and blackouts features stalwart Pythoners Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, together with semi-regulars Carol Cleveland and Neil Inness. It’s Friday afternoon on Veteran’s day, you have nothing better to do than watch skits like this:
And don’t forget to pick up a little something on Etsy to truly commemorate your love of all things Python.
“Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl” airs today at 4:15 p.m. ET and Saturday, Nov. 26 at 6:00 a.m. ET and 1:45 p.m. ET