Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl

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Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl is a film from 1982 in which the Monty Python team perform many of their greatest sketches and skits in the Hollywood Bowl, including a couple of pre-python skits.

As well as the on-stage sketches there are also pre-filmed inserts, mostly taken from the two German Python specials (Monty Pythons Fliegender Zirkus).

The film stars all six Monty Python performers, with Carol Cleveland in numerous supporting roles and Neil Innes performing songs.

The sketches and songs performed are:

  • "Sit on my Face" - A ribald parody of Gracie Fields' "Sing as We Go" performed by Cleese, Chapman, Gilliam and Jones in waiter outfits minus the pants.
  • "Colin 'Bomber' Harris" - Chapman is his own opponent in the wrestling ring as Palin delivers play-by-play.
  • "Never Be Rude To An Arab" - Jones performs an ostensibly anti-racism song filled with demeaning epithets, then explodes (or is blown up).
  • "The Last Supper" - Michelangelo (Idle) defends his creative first draft of The Last Supper painting against the objections of the Pope (Cleese).
  • "Silly Olympics" - In a pre-filmed bit, athletes compete in absurd sporting events.
  • "Bruces' Philosophers' Song" - The University of Woolloomooloo's Philosophy Department throws cans of Foster's Lager at the audience and performs The Philosophers' Song, accompanied by large Giliam cutouts, detailing the drinking habits of history's great thinkers.
  • "The Ministry of Silly Walks" - Palin has difficulty gaining funding for his (only slightly) silly walk.
  • "Camp Judges" - British judges (Palin and Idle) behave unconventionally outside the courtroom.
  • "World Forum" - Great 20th-century political leaders are asked general-knowledge questions in a quiz show format.
  • "I'm The Urban Spaceman" - Neil Innes performs the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band number as Carol Cleveland tap dances.
  • "Whizzo Chocolates" - Candymaker Jones answers to the police for his disgusting varieties of chocolates.
  • "Albatross" - Cleese attempts to vend a sea bird to audience member Jones.
  • "Nudge Nudge" - Idle pesters Jones with perplexing innuendo.
  • "International Philosophy" In a pre-filmed bit, German philosophers take on Greek philosophers on a soccer field.
  • "Four Yorkshiremen" - Well-to-do Yorkshiremen try to top one another's tales of their austere beginnings, each story getting more exaggerated and absurd. Originally written for At Last the 1948 Show.
  • The Argument Skit - Palin pays Cleese to disagree with him. Sketch interrupted by Gilliam performing "I've Got Two Legs."
  • "How Sweet to Be an Idiot" - Neil Innes sings an ode to lunacy.
  • "Travel Agency" Palin attempts to sell a package tour to Idle, who will not stop talking and even interrupts the next sketch.
  • "Comedy Lecture" - Chapman explains slapstick comedy fundamentals as Palin, Gilliam, and Jones demonstrate. Originally written for We Have Ways of Making You Laugh.
  • "Little Red Riding Hood" - In a pre-filmed bit, Cleese as Little Red Riding Hood endures a fractured retelling of the classic fairy tale.
  • "Bishop on the Landing" (aka "Salvation Fuzz") - A dead bishop disrupts a family's mealtime.
  • "The Lumberjack Song" - A rugged outdoorsman (Idle) unsettles the chorus by revealing his alternative lifestyle.

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Members Graham ChapmanJohn CleeseTerry GilliamEric IdleTerry JonesMichael Palin
Other Contributors Carol ClevelandNeil InnesConnie Booth
Films & TV Series Monty Python's Flying CircusAnd Now For Something Completely DifferentMonty Python and the Holy GrailMonty Python's Life of BrianMonty Python Live at the Hollywood BowlThe Meaning of Life

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