DAILY LLAMA NEWS FROM 2005

 

John Cleese Makes List of All-Time Funniest British Comedians
John Cleese has made the list of the all-time British King or Queen of Comedy, in a poll conducted by the UK branch of food company McCain. Saturday, 1 January 2005

Comedy Experts Say Python Members Among Greatest Comics of All Time
John Cleese has been voted the second greatest comic of all time, after Peter Cook - so say the comedy experts. More than 300 comedians, comedy writers, producers and directors in the United States as well as Britain were asked to rank the 50 biggest names in comedy. Eric Idle made the list at #21, as did Michael Palin at #30. Sunday, 2 January 2005

Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch Coming to DVD March 2005
It's finally here! Well, almost. March 1, 2005 will mark the DVD premiere of The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch. Monday, 3 January 2005

SPAMALOT Has Official Opening Night in Chicago
Holy Grail is one of those films that all fans know entirely by heart. But Spamalot provides fans of Python and Broadway alike with something new at every turn anyway. Here are my impressions from Spamalot's official opening night in Chicago. Monday, 17 January 2005

Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch DVD Special Offer
Fans who pre-order the Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch DVD on Amazon.com will receive a unique Rutles "Super Fandom" certificate. Monday, 17 January 2005

Tideland Movie Website Opens
Terry Gilliam writes in to talk about the brand new Tideland movie website. Monday, 17 January 2005

Carol Cleveland Performs at Tsunami Benefit
Carol Cleveland entertained audiences at the Komedia theater in her home town of Brighton, January 26. Carol's presence was part of the Komedia Tsunami Benefit Gig, with 100% of ticket sales going to the Tsunami Disaster Relief Fund. Sunday, 30 January 2005

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life Among Funeral Favorites
Monty Python's song "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" from the film Monty Python's Life of Brian rated third among Britons as the song people would like played at their funeral. Sunday, 13 March 2005

Carol Cleveland to Perform as Blue Haired Lady at U.S. Theater This April
Carol reports that she will be returning to Five Blue Haired Ladies Sitting on a Green Park Bench in April, but this year it will be in the U.S. at the State Theater Center for the Arts in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. Sunday, 13 March 2005

Monty Python's Flying Circus to be Inducted into Rose d'Or Hall of Fame
Rose d'Or, the international television festival that is now in its 45th year, announced February 22nd that Monty Python’s Flying Circus was to be inducted into the Rose d’Or Hall of Fame. Sunday, 13 March 2005

Terry Jones in U.S. to Promote Books
Terry Jones wrote to confirm that while in the U.S. to attend Spamalot, he would also be doing the talk circuit, including book signings, several radio interviews and university lectures, to promote his two most recent books. Tuesday, 22 March 2005

Spamalot Cast Recording to Go on Sale
Following last Thursday's triumphant opening of Spamalot on New York's Broadway, Decca Records will be releasing the official cast album of the show. Tuesday, 22 March 2005

Monty Python in Britain's Top 50 Comedy Sketches
On Sunday, 3 April, Britain's Channel 4 aired a three-hour television special counting down the top 50 Greatest Comedy Sketches of all time. Monty Python scored five of the top 50 sketches, with the Dead Parrot sketch ranking second. Sunday, 3 April 2005

John Cleese Considering Touring in One-May Show
According to John Cleese's March newsletter, John has received an offer to tour New Zealand and Australia in a one-man show. Sunday, 10 April 2005

The In-Complete History of Monty Python
The Museum of Television and Radio, located in both New York City and Los Angeles, is presenting The IN-complete History of Monty Python, a screening series running in New York and Los Angeles from April 1 to June 12, 2005. Sunday, 10 April 2005

U.S. TV Producer Greg Garrison Dies
The Associated Press reported that television director/producer Greg Garrison passed away on March 25, at the age of 81. Garrison was responsible for airing the first footage of Monty Python's Flying Circus on American television. Sunday, 10 April 2005

Python on Broadway! A Slightly Delayed Report
A slightly delayed report on the glory and the grandeur known as Spamalot’s opening night, March 17, 2005, by Python biographer Kim "Howard" Johnson. Thursday, 21 April 2005

Spamalot Receives Outer Critics Circle Nominations
The Outer Critics Circle, an organization of over 75 theater writers who review New York theater productions for out-of-town publications, announced on April 25 its nominees for the 55th Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards and Spamalot made the list... eight times! Monday, 2 May 2005

Monty Python's Spamalot Leads Drama Desk Award Nominations
The shortlists for the Drama Desk awards were announced on 28 April, with Spamalot leading the way with 12 nominations, including Outstanding Musical. The Drama Desk awards are often believed to foreshadow the picks for that year's Tony Awards. Monday, 2 May 2005

Monty Python's Spamalot Wins Best Musical at Outer Critics Circle Awards
The first theater awards show of the season has awarded Monty Python's Spamalot the prize for best Broadway musical. Moreover, Spamalot also picked up three additional awards at the 55th annual Outer Critics Circle Awards. Sunday, 8 May 2005

Monty Python is Inducted in Rose d'Or Hall of Fame
Terry Jones braved freezing temperatures and a blizzard to attend a ceremony for the induction of Monty Python's Flying Circus into the Hall of Fame of the Rose d'Or entertainment festival on May 5. Sunday, 8 May 2005

Spamalot Leads Pack with 14 Tony Nominations
Following successful nominations for both the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards, Monty Python's Spamalot has done it again this morning, receiving 14 nominations for this year's Tony Awards. Tuesday, 10 May 2005

Spamalot Wins Drama Desk Awards
Monty Python's Spamalot
won three Drama Desk Awards today, including the much coveted award for "Outstanding Musical." Also receiving awards were Monty Python's own Eric Idle for Outstanding Lyrics and Tim Hatley for Outstanding Costume Design. The show had received 12 total nominations. Sunday, 22 May 2005

Spamalot News and Updates
Here is the latest news and recent happenings involving Monty Python's Spamalot... Monday, 23 May 2005

Ripping Yarns DVDs Coming to U.S.
Ripping Yarns
, the renowned BBC series from the 1970s created and written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones, will be released on DVD in the United States this August 30. Monday, 30 May 2005

Pre-Python Rarities Coming to DVD
The history of Monty Python's Flying Circus is often credited to the coming together of two popular British comedy series from the 1960s, At Last the 1948 Show and Do Not Adjust Your Set, both featuring the Pythons before they were, well, Pythons. On July 26 Tango Entertainment will debut two DVD's featuring episodes of these two series. Monday, 30 May 2005

Brothers Grimm Coming August 26!
Terry Gilliam wrote in to announce that a release date for his film Brothers Grimm has finally been determined. Terry was in Cannes recently, at the Cannes Film Festival, where he previewed 20 minutes of the completed film for audiences. Monday, 30 May 2005

Spamalot Wins Tony for Best Musical
Monty Python's Spamalot picked up the Tony Award for Best Musical tonight. Along with Sara Ramirez for Best Featured Actress and Mike Nichols for Best Director, Spamalot won a total of three Tony Awards, making Spamalot an official Tony Award Winning Play. Sunday, 5 June 2005

Tideland to Get World Premiere September 9
Terry Gilliam's Tideland, shot last year in Canada's Qu'Appelle Valley and Regina (Saskatchewan) will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9. Tuesday, 2 August 2005

Promotion Begins for Brothers Grimm
That sound you hear is the promotions team at Miramax gearing up for the August 26 debut of Brothers Grimm, Terry Gilliam's next film. Brothers Grimm will have an advance premiere on the 8th of August at the Directors Guild of America Theater in Los Angeles. Tuesday, 2 August 2005

John Cleese Begins One-Man Show in New Zealand
John Cleese is currently in New Zealand performing in a five-week tour of his new "one-man" show John Cleese: His Life, Times, and Current Medical Problems. Sunday, 13 November 2005

New Lemur Species Named After John Cleese
The media has been aflurry with reports that a new species of lemur, discovered in a remote part of Madagascar, has been named after John Cleese. Sunday, 20 November 2005

Fawlty Towers Anniversary Show to Air on PBS
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Fawlty Towers, which first aired on BBC 2 on 19 September 1975, PBS stations across America will air a retrospective on what many consider to be one of the funniest situation comedies of all time. Tuesday, 22 November 2005

Terry Gilliam Receives Visionary Awards
Terry Gilliam turns 65 today, and no one is letting Terry forget it. In a race perhaps to give Terry as much lifetime achievement recognition before this auspicious birthday came round, no fewer than three film festivals have honored Terry with career awards this year. And Prague has honored Terry's feet. Tuesday, 22 November 2005

Dreams and Nightmares Chronicles Brothers Grimm Film
November 7th marked the release of a new book Dreams and Nightmares: Terry Gilliam, 'The Brothers Grimm' and Other Cautionary Tales of Hollywood written by long-time Gilliam and Python chronicler Bob McCabe. The extremely frank account of the filming of Brothers Grimm is based on the personal diaries of Terry Gilliam and Nicola Peccorini (Director of Photography). Tuesday, 29 November 2005

Spamalot Update - New Cast & New Venues
Monty Python's Spamalot will see some cast changes this month. Meanwhile, tickets have gone on sale for the touring production of Spamalot, which will start in Boston, with stops in Chicago and Washington, DC. Meanwhile, a dedicated production is planned for a major resort in Las Vegas starting in 2007. Saturday, 10 December 2005

Spamalot Cast Recording Nominated for Grammy Award
The Grammys were announced on December 8th by The Recording Academy at Gotham Hall in New York City. In the category of Best Musical Show Album, Monty Python's Spamalot received one of the five nominations. Monday, 12 December 2005