Has it ceased to be? Bereft of life, does it rest in peace? No, it's shuffling through the O2 arena! Monty Python Live (mostly), stars five of the original six surreal comedians who made Monty Python.
They were great in their time, giving us Holy Grail, Life of Brian, and The Meaning of Life (And they had a better answer, I think, than "42"), along with some timeless sketches: the dead parrot, ministry of silly walks, argument clinic, spam, cheese shop, gumbies, etc. But have they run their course?
The latest live show features no new stuff, according to John Cleese. And he's also explicitly said that the show is being done for the money, since Cleese has recently had a very expensive divorce. Are the Pythons comprimising their artistic integrity? Did they have any to begin with?
I think that the show does have some value, as it may bring Monty P. to a younger audience. I've started watching the TV show Monty Python's Flying Circus online. But Monty Python Live (Mostly) isn't breaking any new ground. And I think that's a good thing. It just isn't the same without Graham.