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Film / Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl

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Filmed in 1980 and released on video in 1982, Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl is a live show filmed at the, you guessed it, Hollywood Bowl in California. Starring the six Pythons, Carol Cleveland and musician Neil Innes, the show recreated some of their most famous sketches, often with a twist, and also added some new material, as well as some of the footage from the German episodes.

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  • Argument of Contradictions: Just as in the original sketch, Michael Palin's trip to the argument clinic ends up as an argument like this, much to his irritation.
  • Artistic License – History: Either it was a mistake to have Michelangelo be the artist for "The Last Supper", or they were trying to show why he would have been a worse choice than Leonardo da Vinci. Michelangelo invokes this himself when the Pope is aghast that he has painted The Last Supper with three Christs in it; apparently the fat one balances out the two skinny ones.
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  • Big "SHUT UP!": The travel agent does this to Mr Smokes-Too-Much when he starts droning on and on about his misfortunes whilst on holiday, but it doesn't have the desired effect.
  • Corpsing:
    • Throughout most of the History of the Joke sketch, Terry Gilliam seems to be on the verge of laughing.
    • In the Dead Bishop sketch, Eric Idle starts off the sketch by making Terry Jones corpse badly, but by the end, pretty much everyone on stage is barely able to contain their laughter.
      • It doesn't help that they also have technical problems, which include a flying wig and microphone feedback.
  • Country Matters: "Of course you don't get any f*cking wafers with it, you c*nt!"
  • Executive Veto: In-Universe, "The Last Supper" would have been far worse if the Pope hadn't insisted on just 12 disciples, no kangaroos, and only one Christ.
    Michealangelo: One?!
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  • Funny Background Event: Neil Innes' rather normal rendition of his song Urban Spaceman is made hilarious by his slightly inept and probably under-rehearsed backing dancer, played by Carol Cleveland.
  • Jerkass: Inspector Praline in the Crunchy Frog sketch, when he forces his unwell subordinate to put his vomit filled hat back on.
    • Mr Milton is also a bit or a jerkass, because he doesn't seem to care just how disgusting and potentially dangerous the ingredients in his chocolates are, and isn't remotely sympathetic when one of the police officers throws up just at the names of them.
  • Motor Mouth: Mr Smokes-Too-Much, to the point where it just becomes awesome to know that Eric Idle did that all in one take. It also gets to the point that he interrupts the next sketch to carry on rambling before finally getting dragged backstage.
  • No Fourth Wall: Much like Flying Circus, the fourth wall doesn't appear to exist. At the beginning, Michael Palin addresses the audience, and twice during the show the performers actually come off stage: John Cleese is approached by Terry Jones in the middle of the stands during the Albatross sketch, and during the Travel Agent sketch, John chases Eric Idle around the audience, with them both climbing over railings and people's tables.
    • The Bruces also shatter the fourth wall when they throw cans of beer into the audience and instruct them to sing along with their song.
  • Pie in the Face: Terry Jones ends up covered in cream after this happens to him several times in the History of the Joke sketch. He is also the only one out of the three who doesn't actually get to throw a pie himself.
  • Plank Gag: During the History of the Joke sketch, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, the former more than the latter, are smacked in the head by a plank wielded by Terry Gilliam, who seems to be enjoying himself a little too much.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Mr Milton and Inspector Praline don't seem to notice when Constable Parrot pukes into his helmet right in front of them.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: The live show's version of the Crunchy Frog sketch features Terry Gilliam's character vomiting into his helmet on stage. And the Graham Chapman's character forces him to put his helmet back on.

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