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The zany members of the immortal comedy team, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, appeared live on stage last night for the first time in fifty years in an effort to raise much needed nursing home fees.
Performing their best known gags from their ever fading memories, it was only thanks to the prompting of the audience that they even got through the opening Cheese Shop Sketch after Michael Plain became lost and bewildered after John Cleese’s entrance to his place of purveyance to negotiate the vending of some cheesy comestibles.
From then on, the performance of the sketches was dictated from off stage as the knowledgeable but annoying twats in the audience recited every sketch verbatim to their smug satisfaction.
There were loud cheers when Cleese first appeared as everyone thought the Basil Fawlty veteran was performing the Ministry of Silly Walks. Unfortunately, his eccentric shuffly limp turned out to be due to his recent hip replacement operation but his angry chastisement of the audience as “stupid bastards” proved that the grand old man was still able to adlib as wittily as anyone.
As proceedings flagged more than 73 year old Carol Cleveland’s breasts reprising one of her many topless appearances, Graham Chapman enlivened the show with a 10 minute broadcast via webcam from his grave. Surviving Pythons stood at the side of the stage with their head bowed in respect, pausing every now and again to chuckle as the long dead Chapman failed to say anything on account of his being dead.