Monty Python Live at Paramount

Posted August 18, 2014 by Lindsey Daniels in Downtown Crossing
The Monty Python (Mostly) Live Show

This summer marks the end of an era: After more than 45 years of performing sketch comedy together, the Monty Python crew will have their final curtain call and cease giving live performances as a group. Before you Python fans get too bummed, note that the gang will be back together in Terry Jones’s sci-fi flick “Absolutely Anything” and that you’ve got one last chance to see Monty Python (Mostly) Live at the Paramount Theater. Make that two chances, actually. The Monty Python (Mostly) Live show starring John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin will screen on two more nights.

Monty Python (Mostly) Live Show

The (mostly) live performance is a video recording taken from the troupe’s closing run at London’s O2 Arena last month. It includes some of the troupe’s most iconic numbers from over the years, such as:

  • Spanish Inquisition (strangely, the O2 show was the only time this was ever performed live onstage)
  • Candid Photography (better known to Python fans as “Nudge Nudge”)
  • The Lumberjack Song (one of the troupe’s more family-friendly tunes)
  • Sit on My Face (a raunchy college classic)

Since Monty Python did not tour very often, few fans have had the opportunity to see a live show. The group has not performed live together in 32 years, and their most memorable U.S. tours occurred in the 1970s and 1980s. Younger fans have only been able to familiarize themselves with the Monty Python gang from video recordings. Their unique blend of British-American madcap humor was a breath of fresh air and earned the troupe a major U.S. following.

Michael Palin & John Cleese

Michael Palin & John Cleese are set to perform again on stage at the Paramount Theater.

While all of the Pythons have pursued their own projects at one time or another, their cumulative talents are so much greater than those of the individual parts. The chance to see the Pythons perform one last time together doing some of their most famous material is not to be missed.

The Paramount Theater on Washington St. in Downtown Boston is hosting two more screenings of Monty Python (Mostly) Live at the Paramount this month. The performance series is sponsored by ArtsEmerson and is part of the summer series of live events telecast at the Paramount.

How to See the Live Show

The Monty Python (Mostly) Live show screened at the Paramount once earlier this month. But if you missed that showing, luckily the Paramount has got you covered.

The two remaining chances to see the live show in downtown Boston are Thursday, August 28 and Saturday, August 30. All of the shows begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. and cost $18 general admission. The show is 165 minutes long, with one 15 minute intermission.

This cinematic event promises to be one of the largest laughs in 2014. If you take this incredible opportunity to see the Monty Python gang (mostly) live, then be sure to get to the Paramount early enough to queue up, so you can select your preferred seat. There are so many great new restaurants in downtown Boston that you can also turn the event into a full night out, with dinner beforehand or drinks after.

You’ve been warned. Now don’t miss out on this one last chance to see a piece of history. And, of course, to sing along to the songs you know so well.


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