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by | Read by Bob McCabe, Michael Palin, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman

Biography & Memoir • 3 hrs. • Abridged • © 2003

A companion to the author's coffee-table book by the same name, THE PYTHONS is a mildly madcap audio documentary. We hear noisy, off-the-cuff interviews with each surviving Python, which provide a "nudge-nudge, wink-wink" familiarity that a more formal recording might have destroyed. Host Bob McCabe apparently collared each comedian as he could, and this insider approach turns out to be entertaining, especially when peppered with short outtakes from Python shows. Needless to say, the Pythons are alternately erudite and profane as they reminisce about leaner times of virtual anonymity and their slow, rocky climb to fame. We finally learn who wrote "Eric the Half-bee" and other favorite songs and sketches. A fun listen. D.J.B.
(c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB/ MAR 04]

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