What’s that? “A bunch of wrinkly old men trying to relive their youth and make a load of money”? Just who are we talking about here?! In a recent promo for Monty Python’s final reunion shows, Mick Jagger (and bandmate Charlie Watts) are watching the World Cup when Jagger’s assistant asks him if he wants to get tickets for Python’s show, to which Jagger responds with a rant about the legendary comedy troupe’s lost relevancy, and how it’s clearly just a cash grab for men clinging to past fame. Of course, every single thing Jagger says could be applied to his own career tenfold, and it’s a hilarious payoff at the end when he starts making his setlist (stuff “everyone knows”) and his assistant nonchalantly suggests “dead parrot sketch?” as a follow-up to “Satisfaction” to which Jagger pauses and then thoughtfully replies: “Yeah, dead parrot sketch.” It’s hilarious and you should watch it immediately.
Speaking of that reunion it’s sounding pretty damn exciting. The 10 shows in London are all sold out, but the final one will be streamed online for all to watch. Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin have not officially reunited under the name since Graham Chapman’s death in 1989 though in combinations and solo they’ve kept fans satisfied with everything from Cleese and Palin’s Oscar-winning classic A Fish Called Wanda, Eric Idol Broadway hit Spamalot, meanwhile Terry Gilliam has gone on to become one of the most influential directors of the last 30 years. According to the reports from the press conference (that the Jagger clip was first shown at) the reunion show will include taped segments from Graham Chapman and a cameo from Stephen Hawking.