When: Mon., Nov. 28, 7:30 p.m. 2016
Where average funnymen might don dresses and break out the feminized falsetto to reinforce sexual stereotypes, the guys in Monty Python played frumpy housewives arguing about Jean-Paul Sartre’s existentialist philosophy. Like childish sexual innuendo (“Nudge, nudge. Wink, wink.”) and “silly walks,” bad drag is a dumb, well-trod comedy trope elevated to an artform by the Pythons — maybe most especially by John Cleese and Eric Idle, whose long hairy legs and knobby knees paired hilariously with high skirts and garters, and who continued the tradition into their solo film careers as well (The Out-of-Towners, and Nuns on the Run, respectively). Cleese and Idle’s two-man show Together Again At Last…For The Very First Time promises audiences “scripted and improvised bits with storytelling, musical numbers, exclusive footage and aquatic juggling” but if we’re lucky, it will also be kind of a drag, including some playful screwing around with the gender binary as only these two British septagenerian master-craftsman goofballs can properly pull off. As founding members of Monty Python, Cleese and Idle are unarguably among the godfathers of modern comedy, helping to pioneer an irreverent, absurdist sensibility that is emulated by comics around the world. As individuals, they have written, performed and produced some of the most beloved and critically-acclaimed shows of all-time like Spamalot, A Fish Called Wanda, Fawlty Towers and The Rutles.