Sunday, April 21, 2024

Exclusive: Robert DeNiro’s Video Comedy Send Up of Monty Python


Did you know that Robert DeNiro was a big Monty Python fan? You can see a rare video that a Monty Python fan posted on YouTube in our home page video player. The video seems to be taken from the DVD of last year’s “Secret Policeman’s Ball” — a show that was performed at Radio City with a variety of all star musicians and comedians including Jon Stewart, Russell Brand, Ben Stiller, and Coldplay.

The DeNiro video was added later. It was conceived by Python expert and Amnesty producer Martin Lewis, who apparently convinced DeNiro, Whoopi Goldberg, Kyra Sedgwick and Annette O’Toole to participate in the video. It shows DeNiro as an infomercial barker hawking Python “legs.” It’s a reference to the original Secret Policeman’s Ball, which is on DVD already in the US and is quite amazing.

You don’t often see DeNiro like this–he’s a sport. The whole thing is for Amnesty International, which DeNiro supports. Also, some details that I’ve culled from the DVD release: the Pythons helped write the material, and Michael Palin and Terry Jones were involved.

More info coming. But for DeNiro fans, a little tidbit…and hope that it’s released soon in the US so we can see the whole thing…


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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