Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl: The Comedy Classic

Yes­ter­day was the 42nd anniver­sary of the first broad­cast of Mon­ty Python’s Fly­ing Cir­cus. The orig­i­nal BBC show aired for only five years, but its impact on pop­u­lar cul­ture has been last­ing. To cel­e­brate, we bring you the 1982 film, Mon­ty Python Live at the Hol­ly­wood Bowl. The image qual­i­ty isn’t the best here, but the humor shines through. The movie com­bines live sketch­es, filmed in 1980, with excerpts from a two-part 1972 Ger­man tele­vi­sion spe­cial, Mon­ty Python’s Fliegen­der Zirkus. High­lights include: “The Min­istry of Sil­ly Walks,” “Nudge Nudge,” “The Lum­ber­jack Song,” “Sil­ly Olympics” (fea­tur­ing the “100 Yards For Peo­ple With No Sense Of Direc­tion” and the “200-Meter Freestyle For Non-Swim­mers”) as well as one of our favorites, “The Philoso­phers’ Foot­ball Match.” Mon­ty Python Live at the Hol­ly­wood Bowl has been added to our grow­ing col­lec­tion of Free Movies Online.

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