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Monty Python bid an emotional farewell in final show

CCTV.com

07-22-2014 00:49 BJT

British comedy troupe Monty Python has performed the final show of their ten-day residency at the O2 Arena in London, in front of 16-thousand people. And the stars bid an emotional farewell, in what was likely their final show.

British comedy troupe Monty Python has performed the final show of their ten-day residency at the O2 Arena in London, in front of 16-thousand people.

British comedy troupe Monty Python has performed the final show of their ten-day residency at the O2 Arena in London, in front of 16-thousand people.

The show was broadcast live. Fans all over the world got to see Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam -- all in their 70s -- perform a string of medleys and sketches together for what they have said is probably the last time.

The Pythons were joined by Carol Cleveland, the only woman who made regular appearances in the 1960s show, who was on hand to reprise her popular roles.

Many fans came dressed up as some of their favorite characters, and felt emotional at the thought that this could be the last time the Pythons are seen onstage together.

"It's like your favorite band breaking up, you know? The thought that they won't perform again is just like...but I'm so, so honored to have been here," a fan said.

And whilst fans had the option to view the show live at home, numerous attendees travelled from the other side of the world to see the historic night.

"I planned to come to London anyway this summer, but a friend of mine, an American that lives in Germany said that if he could get tickets for this would I come and I said absolutely, so we just shifted the dates of my trip and we had both seen Python live at the Hollywood Bowl back in 1980. And you see I'm wearing the official shirt from that event. So, I don't know if we're the only two who saw them 34 years ago and then got to see them again here but how could you turn down that opportunity?" a fan said.

The show ended as it inevitably had to with the five Pythons, dressed in white tuxedos, belting out "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life."

The last message to be flashed up on the video display was "Monty Python 1969-2014", giving a real sense that this was the end for the group.

They first garnered fame through "Monty Python's Flying Circus" comedy sketch show, which aired from 1969 to 1974.

The popularity of the surreal comedy series led to the Pythons making a number of films, including "Monty Python and The Holy Grail" and "The Meaning of Life".

The Pythons were joined by Carol Cleveland, the only woman who made regular appearances in the 1960s show, who was on hand to reprise her popular roles.

The Pythons were joined by Carol Cleveland, the only woman who made regular appearances in the 1960s show, who was on hand to reprise her popular roles.

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