New Sketches and Gay Budgie for Monty Python Fans
Monty Python fans will be treated to something completely different this summer when three sketches by the irreverent British comedy troupe are performed in public for the first time.
The sketches, each lasting about four minutes and featuring characters including an overworked Messiah and a gay budgie, will be performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August, the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported on Wednesday.
The sketches were written by the late Python star Graham Chapman and found in Los Angeles by his literary executor, the paper said.
Chapman died of cancer in 1989, aged 49.
Comedy group Sketch Club will face the task of capturing Monty Python’s outrageous style when they perform the unmistakably Pythonesque skits in Scotland.
“They are very obviously by the same writer and they are very funny,” Sketch Club producer Brian West told the paper.
Monty Python, a group of five talented British comedians and an American animator, re-wrote the comedy rule books when they debuted on BBC television in 1969.
Known for a crushing cartoon foot and sketches about silly walks and a dead parrot, the troupe wrote a string of hit films. Members of the group, including John Cleese and Eric Idle, went on to successful television and movie careers.