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And now, for something fairly different

September 22, 2009 |  7:30 am

A showcase of more than 20 sketches written by the classic English comedy troupe Monty Python opens Wednesday for a two-week run at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre."An Evening Without Monty Python" has Python founder Eric Idle orchestraing and five actors, including "Frasier" actress Jane Leeves, performing material that hasn't been seen live at an L.A. venue in almost 30 years, ever since the comedy sextet played four raucous nights at the Hollywood Bowl in 1982.

It's all part of a round of events on both coasts and on television tied to Monty Python's 40th anniversary. To read more, click here for my Calendar story. And to whet your appetite, here's a video of one of the classic elements that will be staged, the famous dead-parrot sketch.

-- Christopher Smith