The five surviving members of the famed British comedy troupe Monty Python – Michael Palin, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam – do not get along. On stage at the Beacon Theater on Friday night, two members walked off in the middle of a discussion. Others rearranged chairs so as not to have to face one another or the audience, while host John Oliver struggled to keep control of men who, he said, “always had a fundamental disrespect for authority”.
Or, at least, the Pythons suggested that such would be the story if the Daily Mail wrote it up.
“The British press write this stuff about everyone, not just about us,” Cleese told reporters on Friday before the 40th anniversary screening of The Holy Grail at the Tribeca Film Festival and a slightly madcap panel discussion that left the audience and Oliver in stitches.
“I think it’s because something like the Daily Mail, which is my pet hate, operates on trying to make people anxious and slightly depressed because that’s how they sell more copy.”
He concluded: “They don’t want people to be happy, and we made a lot of people [happy] and they made us happy.”
“So you can see that we hate the Daily Mail slightly more than we hate each other,” added Palin.