I’ve been a fan of Monty Python for more years of my life than not, and thus complacency had set in with the notion that the five surviving members would never again reconvene under the moniker. And then, astoundingly, it happened recently in the form of Monty Python Live (mostly), a limited run of live performances in London’s O2 arena. The last of these performances was simulcast in theaters around the globe, allowing worldwide communities of Python fans to get together and sing "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" with the group for one last time. Pardon me, I have something in my eye.

Luckily, this event wasn’t exactly a One Time Only affair, as Fathom Events will be showing encore screenings of the performance on Tuesday, July 22, and Wednesday, July 23. (Find your closest theater here.) Assuming you guys aren’t getting your geek on in a completely different way at this year’s Comic-Con, Monty Python Live (mostly) should be the only thing you’re looking forward to doing this week, and here are five reasons why you need to gather a group of your closest Gumbys and see it while you still can!

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It’s Monty Python Live, For Graham’s Sakes!
While Michael Palin, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam have all gotten together over the years for promotion of all things Monty Python and Idle’s recent run of amazing musicals, it’s rarely been as an entire group, and it’s even rarer that they actually "perform" anything. (The upcoming sci-fi comedy Absolutely Anything is something completely different.) Audiences have essentially waited 34 years, since 1980’s Live at the Hollywood Bowl performance, to see this many Python members sharing the same stage and performing the troupe’s greatest bits (and then some). If we’re counting "in spirit" performances, the deceased Graham Chapman was absolutely a part of the show, both in fun references and in use of stock footage, and you’d better believe the honorary seventh Python, the still dazzling Carol Cleveland, was utilized as often as one would have hoped.

It goes without saying that watching five men in their 70s dancing around a stage, sometimes in revealing women’s clothing, is not always a recipe for success, but this quintet are nearly as sharp as they ever were. With some fabulous exceptions, Monty Python delivered a flawless return to the surreal sketches and witty ditties of their youth, effortlessly segueing their most iconic bits with the best (and least legally binding) post-Flying Circus material with madcap stage design utilizing a giant screen for visual gags and song lyrics. Plus, the pre-show footage showed off some behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage, as well as trivia questions about the group’s work. If I had one complaint, it’d be that I’m not still sitting there watching it right now.

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