Monty Python – Live At The Hollywood Bowl – 1982
The film of Monty Python’s live concert show performed at The Hollywood Bowl.
Originally the Pythons had planned on releasing a film consisting of two shows they had performed in Germany edited together, this proved impractical although The Hollywood Bowl show did contain some filmed inserts, most of which were from the two German shows. The live stage performances all came from The Hollywood Bowl.
All six Monty Python members, participated in the film with Carol Cleveland in numerous supporting roles and Neil Innes performing songs. Also present for the shows and participating as an ‘extra’ was Python superfan Kim ‘Howard’ Johnson.
Although Live At The Hollywood Bowl mostly contained sketches from the TV show, the scripts and performers were not identical to those seen on television. The lineup also included some sketches that predated Monty Python’s Flying Circus, including the “Four Yorkshiremen sketch”, which dated from 1967’s At Last the 1948 Show.
In terms of timescale, Live At The Hollywood Bowl was performed in September 1980 and recorded to videotape, before being transferred to film. The inserts from the German shows were recorded in 1972. The finished item was released in 1982.
The Monty Python team perform many of their best sketches and songs at the Hollywood Bowl.
With Additional Material By:
Produced By: Terry Hughes
Original Release Date: 25th June 1982