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What to watch today on IFC: “Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer’s Edition)”

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…And now for something completely different.

Today we are showing the entire documentary “Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer’s Edition)” in back-to-back installments beginning at 6 a.m. ET and running all day. In the film, the legendary British comedy troupe Monty Python gather together to set the record straight about the Pythons and tell the entire tale from start to finish. The Monty Python troupe includes John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Graham Chapman. This six-part series features interviews with all the surviving Python members, along with archive representation for the late Graham Chapman. The Pythons tell their life story and reveal deeper truths alongside the more tried and tested Python history lessons. The documentary also features comedians and contemporaries including: Jimmy Fallon, Lorne Michaels, Hugh Hefner, Eddie Izzard, Olivia Harrison, Steven Merchant, Dan Aykroyd, Tim Roth and Seth Green, among many others.

Here’s the schedule of events now all you have to do is tune in :

6 a.m. ET and 1:30 p.m. ET: “Not-So-Exciting Beginnings”

The birth of Monty Python. Join members as they tell the tale of how their lives and careers began Post-WWII to the culmination of Monty Python’s Flying Circus

7:15 a.m. ET and 2:45 p.m. ET: “The Much Funnier Second Episode”

Catch up with The Pythons as they remember Monty Python’s Flying Circus’ early struggles turned extreme successes with sketches influencing generations to come.

8:30 a.m. ET and 4 p.m. ET: “And Now The Sordid Personal Bits”

Join Monty Python members as they discuss BBC censorship, unwanted celebrity status, member Graham Chapman, Python controversy and Cleese’s departure.

9:45 a.m. ET: “The Ultimate Holy Grail Episode”

Comedic team Monty Python document arriving in the U.S. and leaving TV to dive headfirst into film and the ups and downs with their project Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Interviews with Jimmy Fallon, Seth Green, Russell Brand, and Bruce Dickinson

11 a.m. ET: “Lust for Glory”

On the heels of ‘Holy Grail’ and its success, the Python Gang reflects on their next misinterpreted and controversially banned film, The Life of Brian. Interviews with Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, and Eric Idle.

12:15 p.m. ET: “Finally! The Last Episode Ever… for Now”

The Gang recalls their last movie, “The Meaning of Life,” and its relevance to Graham Chapman’s memorial service. Comedians and celebrities discuss Python’s influence. Interviews with Eddie Izzard, Dan Aykroyd, Jimmy Fallon, Steve Merchant.

“This is the documentary I always hoped would be made – something so complete and so faithful to the truth that I don’t need to watch it,” said Terry Jones.
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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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