While Monty Python member Eric Idle was directing last summer’s reunion shows, he made sure to include a small role in the Michael Palin-fronted “Blackmail” sketch that could be played by a different famous Python fan each night. That roll call of guest talent would ultimately include both Simon Pegg and Mike Myers, who was also the guest performer during the Pythons’ last performance at London’s massive O2 arena. That the Austin Powers star would agree to appear in such a tiny part speaks to the huge and enduring influence of Monty Python’s Flying Circus and the subsequent films created by Idle, Palin, John Cleese, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, and the late Graham Chapman.
But Myers’ presence in what is likely to be the troupe’s last-ever live performance came with a note of sadness for Idle, one that would become outright tragic over time. Why? Because Idle had originally planned that final night’s guest to be Robin Williams.
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