Monty Python silly-walks onto Netflix as streaming giant secures holy grail of comedy

Published by Jeremy Ryans on March 25, 2018 5:01 am
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Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition! Our chief weapon is surprise, fear and surprise; two chief weapons, fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency!

Netflix has a chief weapon of its own, it turns out. That’s right, the legendary comedy troupe Monty Python is set to make its debut on the streaming platform from next month – let the diabolical laughter proceed.

The streaming behemoth has secured an enormous portion of the Python’s comedy back catalog, including the much-beloved Flying Circus sketch show and 1979 film Life of Brian.

Also included in the Netflix deal is Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python’s Fliegender Zirkus, Monty Python’s Personal Best, and Monty Python Best Bits (mostly). Interestingly, Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life is absent from the list, but one would expect that it might appear at a later date.

Monty Python Live (mostly): One Down, Five to Go, filmed at London’s O2 arena in 2014, is also on the billing. The show, which saw the four remaining members of the renowned comedy group perform together on stage, for what is likely the last time, included some of the most-loved sketches and songs performed live.

Python fans worldwide will also be able to experience a selection of documentaries and bonus material such as Monty Python Conquers America, The Meaning of Monty Python, and Monty Python: The Meaning of Live.

The cherry on top of the comedy goldmine that Netflix has tapped into? Eric Idle’s What About Dick? will also be heading to platform at the same time. The show, set in Shagistan during 1898 and filmed live from the stage of the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, charts the birth of a sex toy invented by Deepak Rushdie Obi Ben Kingsley and the subsequent decline of the British Empire as seen through the eyes of a Piano. Yes, you read that right.

It features a “once in a lifetime” cast that includes Russell Brand, Billy Connolly, Tim Curry, Eddie Izzard, Jane Leeves, Jim Piddock, Tracey Ullman, Sophie Winkleman, and Idle himself.

The Monty Python collection will land on Netflix in the UK, Canada, and other international territories from April 15. Those in the United States will have a while to wait, with the comedy extravaganza not expected to arrive until later in the year – date remains to be announced.

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