Growing up I had very permissive parents. I watched a lot of tv whenever I wanted basically because I still got all of my schoolwork done and maintained an "A" average. One of the things I discovered in the mid-70's was "Monty Python's Flying Circus." WTTW, Chicago's PBS station, was an early adopter of the show in the US. It came on about 10:30-11:00 on Sunday night, and I never missed it. It also introduced me to other British comedy shows like "The Two Ronnies," "Dave Allen at Large," and later "Fawlty Towers." So let's just say that Monty Python was a huge part of my childhood. Of course I later saw all of the movies and became one of "those guys," geeks that loved to constantly quote from "Holy Grail." So you can imagine my utter glee when Kitty noticed that John Cleese and Eric Idle would be performing live on-stage in ABQ! I didn't think twice about buying tickets. Last night was the show.
It was highly enjoyable. It wasn't a sell-out with the crappy seats on the fringes remaining empty. It was a mixture of storytelling, skit performance, classic video clips, and music. They told the story of Monty Python from conception to ultimate breakup. John talked a little about his solo career including "A Fish Called Wanda" and of course "Fawlty Towers." Eric got the audience to do a singalong of "Sit on My Face." The show ended with another singalong of "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life." The encore was Eric performing his heartwarming Christmas carol, "Fuck Christmas."
So while I won't go as far as to say it was a "bucket list" kinda thing, it was pretty friggin awesome to see these 2 funny men live on stage especially in such a second-tier market like ABQ.