The Real Reason We Never Hear From Monty Python Anymore


The legendary comedy group Monty Python was
once a force of nature, influencing everything that came after them with their surreal, absurdist
approach to comedy. So, why don’t we hear from them anymore? When Graham Chapman ceased to be in 1989,
fellow Python member Terry Jones described it as “the worst case of party-pooping [he’d]
ever seen.” His death came the day before Python’s 20th
anniversary, and what followed was a bizarre but fitting eulogy, written to pay tribute
to the man who’d written a dead parrot into one of the troupe’s most famous sketches. “Good riddance to him, the freeloading bastard,
I hope he fries.” Chapman becoming an ex-person seemed to put
a damper on any kind of authentic reunion, but what about the others? What happened to the late, great Monty Python? Terry Jones’s illness When Michael Palin presented Terry Jones with
the 2016 BAFTA Cymru for Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television, he described Jones
as the heart of the Pythons. “His force of character and tireless workaholism
kept us all up to the mark.” Just before the awards ceremony, it was announced
that he wouldn’t be giving any interviews. He’d been diagnosed with primary progressive
aphasia, a type of dementia that impacted his ability to communicate. At the time of the awards ceremony, Jones’s
son Bill spoke for him, and in February 2017, he made another appearance at the Royal Hospital
Chelsea at an afternoon tea organized to help dementia and cancer patients. At the event, it was announced that he could
no longer write. In the years leading up to his diagnosis,
Jones had still been busy with non-Python projects, including working on a series of
kids’ books that he started publishing in 1981. In 2011 he released Evil Machines, a collection
of stories based on the idea that machines are actually out to get us. “What’s that for?” “That’s the machine that goes PING!” In 2016 it was announced that The Truthful
Phone was going to get the movie treatment. So while Jones may be down, he’s definitely
not out. Michael Palin’s travel shows Outside of Python, Michael Palin has been
consistently busy with projects as well. His ongoing series of travel shows started
in 1980. Even though he’s not doing as many lately,
there may not really be anywhere else left on the planet for him to visit anyway. The Amazon? Check. The Himalayas? Check. He’s basically re-enacting the entirety of
Nintendo’s DuckTales. He’s also been writing books and spotting
trains, but when it comes to non-Python projects he’s most proud of, that would be the Michael
Palin Centre for Stammering Children, which came about after his appearance as Ken in
A Fish Called Wanda. “… plenty of time.” (more noises).” His stammering in that film was based on his
father, who suffered from a pronounced stutter, so Palin was happy to lend his name to the
therapeutic center. What’s still on Palin’s list of things to
do? The actor explained: “Oh, quite ordinary things. Observing the world. Learning about trains. Discovering new music. […] I just want to do … what I can do. And be judged on that. All of this comes back to what Ernest Hemingway
said: ‘Don’t talk about writing; just write.’ And I sometimes tend to think: ‘Don’t talk
about living; just live.'” John Cleese’s purism In 2015, John Cleese took a look back at just
why he left Monty Python’s Flying Circus after three seasons, and with uncharacteristic seriousness,
said that it was largely because he was still a purist while, for the others, it was all
about having fun. He told CBS, “I was genuinely bothered that by the third
series we weren’t really doing original material.” That didn’t keep him from feeling guilty about
leaving, but he’s also spoken about some pretty tragic behind-the-scenes drama that had developed
during the third season, specifically Graham Chapman’s alcoholism. Between that, the time commitment, and the
lack of originality, he’d had enough. Clearly, it was all a bit too silly to continue. John Cleese in particular feels that political
correctness has done some serious damage to the state of comedy, saying that if they took
Monty Python’s Flying Circus in front of the BBC today, they never would have made it to
air. Basically, we haven’t seen more Python because,
according to Cleese, the world can’t handle it. Cleese has also been pretty busy. In 2011, he kicked off his aptly-named “Alimony
Tour,” which was largely done to pay the £600,000 a year he owed his ex-wife. “I call it the Alimony Tour: Year Three or
Feeding the Beast.” Terry Gilliam’s moved on There’s not enough time in the day to talk
about just what Terry Gilliam has been doing since he left the Pythons. He’s established a record for making some
of the strangest, most complex, and most troubled films in Hollywood history, including Brazil,
12 Monkeys, and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Needless to say, it’s clear that he’s moved
on to something completely different. In 2014, Monty Python was gearing up for their
long-awaited reunion, and Gilliam was less than thrilled about the whole thing. At the time, he was working on another project:
The English National Opera’s Benvenuto Cellini, which was reportedly all but unperformable
because of its complexity. Sounds like it’s right up his alley? Absolutely. But when it came to the 10 Monty Python shows
at the O2, he told the London Evening Standard, “Actually, the truth is I find it depressing
that we’re getting back together again. It’s like, we worked so hard to get careers
beyond it, to get to this stage, and now we’re being dragged back again.” Eric Idle’s Broadway ambitions The success of the musical Spamalot proved
just how much the world still loves the Pythons. It didn’t come without its challenges, though,
and when Monty Python broke up, they agreed that anything Python-related was going to
be an all-or-nothing deal. If one didn’t want something to happen, it
wasn’t going to happen. Eric Idle wrote Spamalot largely on his own,
and only involved the rest of the group when he had something complete. Spamalot got the unanimous thumbs-up, although
Idle has said, “If it flops, they can just blame me.” And then they were sued for it. In 2012, Holy Grail producer Mark Forstater
claimed that he was the “seventh Python,” and that he deserved a larger cut of the money
from Spamalot, based in on a 1974 agreement that said he was entitled to a share of 50
percent of Holy Grail’s merchandising. Uncoincidentally, the lawsuit came on the
heels of Forstater’s own declaration of bankruptcy. Shockingly, he won the suit, leaving the Pythons
to pay him even more money while still, presumably, doing all the work themselves — probably
less motivated than ever. They want to finish on a good note In 2015, the Pythons invaded the Tribeca Film
Festival. Shows were shown, movies were watched, and
John Oliver assembled them for a frank talk on life and laughs as a Python. When they talked about where they were going
from there, they said that there was always a fear that they were embarrassing themselves. When you’re on and you do a joke and about
six people in the audience go ‘a-heh heh heh,’ you really want to kill yourself.” It was John Cleese who said he doubts that
he understands his audience anymore, and that the kind of comedy they were so good at is
next-to-impossible when you don’t understand the audience you’re in front of. At the end of the Python’s final appearance
together, Cleese says that he realized something — that what they were doing was a good thing. The others agreed, with Eric Idle summing
it up best. “I think the thing that I really loved most
was watching it come to an end, and how it was dignified and touching and moving. And not going on and on … I think that’s
right, I think it’s lovely. I think you want to finish on a good moment,
and it was a great moment.” “How about a happy ending, sir?” “Chris, thank God you’re safe!” “Nah, you wouldn’t want that, would you?” “Why wouldn’t I want that?” “That was terrific!” “Great, yeah!” Thanks for watching! Click the Grunge icon to subscribe to our
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100 thoughts on “The Real Reason We Never Hear From Monty Python Anymore

  1. The reason we don't hear from Monty python is because they got old and so did their comedy.. duh! Let's let the old fuckers go man they ain't been funny for thirty years plus. As a group or individual..

  2. Bravo. Nicely encapsulized. All good things come to an end including Monty Python. I hope Terry Jones is comfortable

  3. I hate the idea that Cleese would leave the Mothy Python comedy because of political correctness. I am all for political correctness but only in politics for fck sake. But humor should not have any limits. Especially in politics.

  4. Listened to a radio interview with them on Radio West, one of the first things they did was ask if they could make fart noises.

  5. They are no more. They have ceased to be. They have shuffled off this mortal coil and gone to join the choir invisible.

  6. Terry Gilliam's decision to learn aphasia is puzzling. He should be a head of state somewhere. Actually, I heard he is writing a Python send-up entitled Forbidden Columbus, in which he will revive his portrayal of Eartha Kitt.

  7. The "progressive" Left has destroyed young people's ability to laugh at the world. Python would be shut down if it were on TV today. I'm glad it ended. The guys ate getting too old anyway. Me too🤣🤣

  8. To all of the idiots on here who disrespect this video simply because the python members are old: You are clueless, but your day will come.

  9. Next episode: «The real reason we don't hear about Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton Anymore». BTW They were and still are one of the most influential comedy acts of all time.

  10. the actors/comedians that made up the troupe moved on to other things. Monty Python is and will always be one of the greatest comedy troupes of all time, but all things run their course.

  11. Let me take a stab at this one. I'm just spitballing here, but might it possibly be that those Pythonites still alive are now rich octogenarians?

  12. Really? At the reunion concert I thought Gilliam looked too happy to be there, maybe you cant read sarcasm on paper!

  13. Knights that say Ni, wafer thin mint and black knight but my favourite moment was when the police came on at the end of Grail:) if Python filmed their sketches now and put them on YouTube they would be arrested. How dare you say that about lumber jacks 🙂 If the sentitives complain about the horrors of friends then wait until they hear the words wafer thin mint or I wanted to be a lumberjack leaping from tree to tree. I put on Women's clothing and hang around in bars. I can hear that getting the YouTube demonetised treatment if they were up and coming comedians. What about Hilter in Minehead. Oh that would be an instant YouTube strike. Can you see how comedy has regressed due to sensitivity.

  14. The best Monty Python films and sketches, especially THE HOLY GRAIL will be enjoyed by many generations in the future. That is how good they were. Yes, they have passed their prime but their legacy is still intact…

  15. They literally just did a string of farewell shows not 4 years ago. This video should have come out in the 30 years before then when they ACTUALLY hadn't done anything.

  16. Terry's illness breaks my heart. It is so hard to see someone so vocal and active be robbed of his voice.

  17. Monty Python is as popular today as it was years ago. I don't know what this video is talking about.

  18. it could be for the best they let it be… MP's stuff was so good, I'd hate to see them try to resurrect it with an inferior and more politically correct product. Best just let the classics be classics… no need to go the Star Wars route.

  19. Well, i don't think that comedy is dying…but it's steering from humour to comicality.
    And that's not a good thing for society as a whole.

    What's the difference?

    Comicality is a man who slips on a banana. You laugh istinctively, without thinking why. It's a kind of laugh that doesn't make you think.

    Humour, on the other hand, forces you to think in order to make you laugh. Think about that scene from "Brian", where the crowd
    yells "Yes, we're all individuals!" You laugh, yet you laugh because you think about the irony that is hidden in this statement.

    Nowadays we've become too sensitive to laugh about the "dogmas" of our society. We've lost self-irony. And that's really dangerous,
    because only dictatorships never make fun of themselves.

  20. People in my demographic in the USA grew up watching TV when we weren't outside wrecking something, so were exposed to thousands of hours of people attempting to be funny on the "boob tube" as my Dad called it. I was first introduced to MP on PBS in 1974 when I was 14. Until then only WB cartoons such as Bugs Bunny and the rest, and The Three Stooges were the only things I thought were funny. And not belly laugh funny. Fun to watch might be a better description. The first thing I saw the Pythons do was "Twit of the Year". Complete guffaw! I was hooked. I couldn't wait for Saturday night when, after the concert shows like "Midnight Special" and Don Kirshner's "Rock Concert" gave way to MPFC at 1 A.M. I really can't say I have a favorite. But I remember laughing until it hurt watching "Salad Days" and the cannibal episode. At the end in the funeral parlor, my God. That 3 minutes of television almost killed me. Monty Python literally woke up my sense of humor in ways that no other possibly could. I actually feel a kinship to them that is like being related by blood. Kind of pathetic? Maybe. But without Python, I don't think I would see the world quite the same as I do. Thank you guys, for awakening my sense of humor!

  21. OK. without watching the video, and just from the title, I have an answer for you: BECAUSE THE GROUP BROKE UP DECADES AGO, THAT'S WHY. Same reason we don't hear from the Beatles or Led Zeppelin. Sure, the surviving members are still around, and they are engaged in various different activities both on and off screen, but the group as such no longer exists. what a stupid question.

  22. Yeah. I hate political correctness especially because jokes before the dominance of this evil are way funnier than today. Especially because jokes today boil down to usual sex or drug jokes we’ve heard hundreds of times

  23. Comedy is not the only victim of idiocracy of mass media led society. Music and cinematography in general are really retarded and look and feel the same. Social structure has devolved in to a few basic rules that everyone should follow, like get rich or die trying or sell your soul for money. Well you can thank mass media and politicians for this mess!

  24. Amazing! A channel that makes high quality content, doesnt stretch its videos to 10 minutes for a few extra pennies of add revenue, and asks people to subscribe AFTER the video! We need more of this on this platform.

  25. It's fucking insulting to have John Oliver interview the Pythons. He's part of the comedy gestapo killing the industry.

  26. By the way, if you really want to know about Monty Python it may be helpful to be able be able to pronounce it properly. It is not PYTHON it is Pythen.

  27. The political correctness Cleese was referring to at 3:51, ( when he referred to 'Flying Circus) was underlined at 5:37, with Forstater's successful and questionable lawsuit…..unfortunately, it seemed that the 6 Monty Python guys WERE working for them.

  28. The reasons we don't hear much from Monty Python anymore:
    1. Graham Chapman is bereft of life. He has ceased to be. He has run up the curtain and joined the choir invisible.
    2. The other Pythons all had plenty of other stuff they wanted to do. Python wasn't something they found fun anymore, and you notice this because all the Pythons other than Eric haven't done a lot of rehashing their old material.

  29. As much as i adore them.. they are too old, too repetitive and.. their humor is now obsolete.

  30. PLEASE can we fix aphasia and dementia and all mental diseases that rob us of the ability to communicate and live a good life. How many were affected that may have saved us all from cancer? May have found the truth of the universe? May have introduced us to God?

  31. Just got cut off, Michael said "We got older, and as we did, we became more financially comfortable."
    How did they make money exactly?

  32. Really chapman is gone ….terry jones not well….python sadly over …but never gone ….cause its timeless ….

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