|The Incomplete History of Monty Python
runs April 1 through June 12, 2005 at the New York and Los
Angeles Museum of Television & Radio
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.
The series started on April, to celebrate the opening of Spamalot
on Broadway in New York, and will be screened as five discrete packages.
The screening series features some of the best episodes from the
Flying Circus plus material done by members of the team before
and after the series
The five sets will screen in New York Tuesdays to Sundays at 12:30
p.m., with an additional screening Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m., and
in Los Angeles Wednesdays to Sundays at 12:30 p.m.
The schedule is as follows:
Some rarely seen pre-Python material includes John Cleese on Frost
Over England (1967); the premiere of the children’s series
Do Not Adjust Your Set (1968), featuring the work of Eric Idle,
Terry Jones, and Michael Palin; and segments of Cleese and Graham Chapman
on At Last the 1948 Show (1967). In addition, the first two
episodes of Monty Python’s Flying Circus are included,
the second featuring the notorious “killer joke,” later
told by Idle in German at a Museum seminar.
Three Python episodes are featured, with such sketches as “Hell’s
Grannies,” “Dead Parrot,” and Michael Palin as “A.T.
Hun.” Also included are clips of John Cleese and Graham Chapman
on The Ed Sullivan Show (1964), a sketch from At Last the
1948 Show (1967), and Palin’s visit to The Tonight Show
(1989) during which he talked about the parrot sketch, as reinterpreted
by Cleese at Chapman’s memorial service.
One of the Python’s best-remembered episodes features a
much-loved restaurant where everything comes with the spreadable meat
product. Also included in the package are an excerpt from At Last
the 1948 Show (1967); a 1989 appearance on The Tonight Show
by Michael Palin; and the second of the team’s German productions,
Monty Python Blodeln für Deutschland (1972).
The “Exploding Blue Danube” features in the Python episode
Royal Episode Thirteen, while the “Fish-Slapping Dance”
is one of the highlights of Mr. & Mrs. Brian Norris’ Ford
Popular. Also included are “Scott of the Antarctic/Sahara,”
John Cleese chatting on Late Night with David Letterman (1983),
and Eric Idle portraying Prince Charles on Saturday Night Live (1979).
Immediately after Python, Eric Idle developed his own series, Rutland
Weekend Television (1975), purportedly broadcast from Britain’s
smallest television station; and, in collaboration with Neil Innes,
created the ultimate Beatles spoof, The Rutles: All You Need is
For more information, call the Museum in New York at (212) 621-6800,
in Los Angeles at (310) 786-1000, or visit the website at www.mtr.org.