Quintessential Python

Watched on Amazon Prime: "Not The Messiah: He's A Very Naughty Boy." A comic oratorio inspired by Monty Python's "Life of Brian." It was filmed at its only European performance at the Royal Albert Hall in October 2009 to celebrate 40 years of Monty Python. Written by Eric Idle & John Du Prez (the creators of "Spamalot").

A spoof of Handel's oratorio "Messiah," this is a full-on orchestral presentation, backed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. The performances are stunningly excellent, especially the top-quality operatic soloists. Humorous bits are cleverly interwoven while somewhat tracking the original "Messiah." This is truly one of a kind. Every convention is acknowledged, then bent. As Idle commented: "It is rare you get to be silly on a mass scale."

The Pythons were a British surreal comedy group who created the sketch comedy show "Monty Python's Flying Circus," which first aired on the BBC in 1969. Educated in such stellar schools as Cambridge and Oxford, they came to comedy with a literary sense and a madcap but erudite demeanor. Members: Graham Chapman (deceased), John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. All except Chapman made appearances in various roles and garb.

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"Not The Messiah: He's A Very Naughty Boy"
"Not The Messiah" on Amazon

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