“Oh, wait, we’re in the wrong f-cking theater,” says Eric Idle, upon entering the press conference with his four other surviving Monty Python members—Michael Palin, John Cleese, Terry Jones, and Terry Gilliam—for what the Tribeca Film Festival has dubbed Monty Python Weekend. On Friday night, the festival is hosting a special 40th anniversary screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, with the troupe’s two other features—Life of Brian and Meaning of Life—showing on Saturday and Sunday, in addition to the international premiere of the new documentary Monty Python—The Meaning of Life.
At the press conference, the quintet was characteristically loose, funny, and unafraid to bite. Some highlights:
On their legacy:
John Cleese: Now that we’re no good anymore, we’re trying to squeeze every last penny out of those days when we were able to do it. That’s the legacy.
Eric Idle: I hate legacies. It’s only done by people like George W. Bush, who’s working on his legacy. Which is mainly bombing other countries.