The best joke on last night’s Monty Python-themed Jimmy Fallon show was even older than the comedy team, four members of which appeared to mark their 40th anniversary. “Did you ever think the show would be a disaster?” asked Fallon at one point. “Shortly after you started the monologue,” replied Eric Idle, quick as a flash. He had a point, too. While self-confessed comedy nerd Fallon was genuinely, and justifiably, psyched to have Idle, John Cleese, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam on the show, you’d be hard pressed to say the result was all that mirthsome.
Then again, in Fallon’s defense, it’s hard to imagine quite what he and his writing team were supposed to do with three laugh merchants and one director-animator who haven’t really worked together in a quarter of a century and whose surreal, groundbreaking, comedy was in many ways the very antithesis of the conventional TV realm Jimmy inhabits. At one point the Pythons were reduced to throwing water at each other. “And they say comedy’s dead!” quipped Idle. Again, you could understand where he was coming from.
But check out the clip below and tell us what you think.