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Robin Williams' Throbbing (and Reciprocated) Love of Python

Martin Lewis | Posted 08.14.2014 | Entertainment
Martin Lewis

Just as the Beatles (especially John) found a kindred spirit in singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson -- so did the Python members find a joyous soulmate in Robin Williams. It was love at first laugh. And it was a fully-consummated mutual admiration.

Robin Williams, 1983: Even Then, You Could See Life Was A Struggle

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 08.11.2014 | Entertainment
Jesse Kornbluth

It's important for me to fall in love with people while I'm interviewing them and writing about them, but there's usually a half-life. After a while, you barely remember them. Robin was different. He made me more vivid to myself, and you don't get that every day.

Monty Python's Life of Brian Turns 25 (And Gives Some Bad Advice)

Lee Daniel Kravetz | Posted 09.17.2014 | Entertainment
Lee Daniel Kravetz

There's nothing inherently bad about thinking positive, yet to do so at the expense of denying reality is potentially damaging.

Influence Peddling and Inequality in London: Nobody Expects a Monty Python Fourth of July

Michael Winship | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

In the face of heavy opposition from the moneyed classes on either shore, both the United States and the United Kingdom are desperately in need of campaign finance reform. No joke.

Live from New York!

Tim_Arnold | Posted 04.19.2014 | Entertainment
Tim_Arnold

"Heyyyyy, you made it!," Belushi says when he sees me standing up there. Sure did. Down I go. The Blues Bar is dimly lit, I can't see much.

Climate Counts Heads North in Search of Great White Hope

Mike Bellamente | Posted 12.16.2013 | Green
Mike Bellamente

Unless you're living in the Maldives and your island is sinking, it is difficult for subtle changes in weather to motivate people to modify their consumption habits or to vote in a way that may address the problem.

17 Funniest Lines from Monty Python Star Eric Idle's Commencement Speech

Gillian Frew | Posted 07.21.2013 | College
Gillian Frew

Now, thanks to his hilarious performance at Whitman College last weekend, the British comedian can add coveted commencement speaker and honorary doctor of fine arts to that list.

WATCH: 'Monty Python' Star's Second Amendment Joke

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 05.20.2013 | College

British comedian Eric Idle took a swipe at former President George W. Bush and the Second Amendment as he counseled graduates in his commencement addr...

Musings, Music, and Monologues

George Heymont | Posted 12.20.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

There I was, trying to find a hook that could unite my thoughts about curious solo turns when I came across a headline on The Huffington Post that screamed: "Watch: Justin Bieber Pukes Onstage."

EXCLUSIVE: And Now For Something Completely Untrue

Posted 10.05.2012 | Comedy

Monty Python's Graham Chapman, most famous for his gleefully blasphemous portrayal of the titular character in "The Life Of Brian," passed away at the...

Monty Python Takes Over Closing Ceremony

Posted 08.20.2012 | Entertainment

Monty Python took over the 2012 London Olympics Closing Ceremony. As had been rumored, original Monty Python comedy troupe member Eric Idle led an ...

Eric Idle's What About Dick Plays Limited Engagement With All-Star Cast!

Jay Weston | Posted 06.27.2012 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

When I heard that one of the original members of Monty Python, Eric Idle, was having a limited run of his new play, What About Dick?, at downtown's Orpheum Theatre, I immediately booked a ticket.

WATCH: Scorsese Turns Lens On 'Quietest Beatle' In HBO Documentary

Posted 12.04.2011 | Fifty

Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese decided to turn the lens on the Beatle's "quietest member" in a documentary called "George Harrison: Li...

Giving Thanks to Paul, Ringo & the Long and Winding Road

David Wild | Posted 10.05.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

This Thanksgiving I want to send all my loving to two people -- no, not my kids, or even my wife, though they're pretty fab too -- but rather two men who I think we should all be thankful to still have in our lives.

HuffPost Exclusive: Court Yard Hounds Video, Plus All I Want Is Toad The Wet Sprocket And Tony Lunn

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

The new self-titled album by the Dixie Chick's Emily Robison and Martie Maguire -- otherwise known as Court Yard Hounds -- reflects a new direction for the pair while maintaining a sensitivity to their former brand of music

Not the Messiah: Monty Python Strikes Again!

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

Not the Messiah is not to be missed. Our sacred fools are back, bearing sumptuous gifts for the discerning comedic and musical connoisseur.

One of the First American "Python" Fans Recalls Series' Early Days -- in Canada

Bill Mann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Bill Mann

My all-time favorite series, without hesitation, is Monty Python's Flying Circus, the brilliant BBC show marking its 40th birthday this week with a series on the Independent Film Channel.

The Monty Python Crew Takes Over 'Late Night'; Water-Fight, Chair-Stealing, General Tomfoolery Ensues (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Alex Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

The Monty Python boys are not easy interview subjects. They talk all at once, mock the audience and tell people they're asking terrible questions. For...

Eric Idle To Take Monty Python To The Internet

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

IS there life left in the dead parrot sketch? It has been 25 years since Monty Python was a living comedy troupe -- the film "The Meaning of Life," r...

New Documentary Looks on the Bright Side of Neil Innes

Donald Liebenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Donald Liebenson

Neil Innes, who has been hailed as a "partially discovered genius," is the first to admit that he is an unlikely subject for a documentary. But Innes, 63, looms large in music and comedy circles for his scant degree of separation from both the Beatles and Monty Python's Flying Circus.

'Spamalot' Musical Changes Britney Lyric

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

NEW YORK — Britney Spears is out, Posh Spice is in _ as a lyric for the Lady in the Lake in the Broadway musical "Monty Python's Spamalot." Aske...

Broadway Idol: Clay Aiken To Join "Spamalot"

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

From "American Idol" to Eric Idle's "Spamalot." Clay Aiken will join the Broadway cast of "Monty Python's Spamalot" on Jan. 18, playing one of the l...