Press clippings

What's the secret of a great comedy song?

If comedy is like music, why are funny songs so hard to get right? It's partly because the rhyme scheme can reveal the punchline too early, puncturing its effectiveness. And also because the structure of pop music relies on repetition. Nobody wants to hear the same joke three times in two minutes. These are sort of revelations that comedian Phil Nichol has been making as he records his new podcast, Songs In The Key Of Laugh.

Mark Savage, BBC, 13th October 2021

Morecambe and Wise 'bored stiff' by Monty Python

In a newly discovered 1973 interview with a student TV station in Norwich, Eric Morecambe said the ensemble delivered "university comedy... and I'm afraid that a lot of it is very unprofessional". Ernie Wise revealed he did "like Monty Python", but felt their shows often contained "five or six minutes of utter boredom". Monty Python member Sir Michael Palin said he was "a little hurt", but "intrigued" having seen the footage.

Zoe Applegate & Paul Hayes, BBC, 27th August 2021

New book to shine a light on creation of 1970s sitcoms

Raising Laughter, a new book due to be published in September, will take a look at the creation of 1970s sitcoms. Writer Robert Sellers has interviewed a number of those involved in the shows.

British Comedy Guide, 17th June 2021

How Monty Python's dead parrot went live in Coventry

The dead parrot went live 50 years ago on Sunday when Monty Python made the leap from TV to public performance.

BBC, 31st January 2021

The night Monty Python held their first ever live show

In 1971 the comedy troupe were looking to take the unique style of humour to the stage, and the Belgrade Theatre provided the perfect stage.

Danny Thompson, Coventry Telegraph, 30th January 2021

Spamalot film to go into production

A film based on the musical Monty Python's Spamalot is to be made by Paramount Pictures. Eric Idle has created a complete movie script.

British Comedy Guide, 7th January 2021

Favourite film aged 12: Monty Python & the Holy Grail

Monty Python's chivalric sketch show served up epic amounts of daftness - and any adult reservations about it prove mere flesh wounds.

Alfie Packham, The Guardian, 23rd June 2020

Monty Python's Flying Circus, series 3 Blu-Ray review

Continuing my reviews of Network Distributing's remastered high-definition versions of Monty Python's Flying Circus (read the first and second parts here), Series 3 finds the show at its height of popularity on television, albeit with a few signs of fatigue or repetition and less classic sketches in its arsenal.

Dan Owen, Frame Rated, 7th April 2020

How Monty Python and the Holy Grail changed comedy

There has never been a movie with quite the combination of silliness and influence as Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and there may never be again.

Tyler Sage, Ultimate Classic Rock, 3rd April 2020

John Cleese on Monty Python, Terry Jones and farce

Now, at the age of 80, Cleese has made his stage-writing debut with Bang Bang!, based on a classic French farce written by Georges Feydeau, starring Tessa Peake-Jones and Wendi Peters.

Chris Bond, The Yorkshire Post, 16th March 2020

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