How to Find a Mutually Beneficial Solution

Yeah, wrote this and sent it out to the subscribers over a month ago. In the time since, Monty Python has announced that they've reunited. In other news, it looks like they're makign another Beverly Hills Cop movie, so that's something.

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Reader Comments (16)

Yeah, well it may not have worked completely, but you have to admit that Graham Chapman's death was a pretty good try.

And since he is dead, maybe he could come back as a ghost to try to ruin the reunion of the remaining Pythons. Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and Dan Aykroyd ( quick check to make sure they're all still alive) could step in and save the day.

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarco

Panel 3 for the win! I laughed loud.
Also when does Rick column come back ?

Note from Scott: Ric is working on new ideas for a different column. He wasn't getting enough new questions, and the idea of writing fake questions to himself clashed with his personal ethics. I will keep you posted, and I will tell him that you asked.

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrégory

Personal ethics? Pshaw!!!!
Don't know what that means.
Ethics never stopped (name redacted) from (occupation redacted).

December 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike Geordie Brown

I would pay good money for someone else to see that movie.

December 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterhenry

Monty Python are making another Beverly Hills Cop movie?

December 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJordan

Eric Idle really refuses to stop riding that horse, doesn't he?

All the others have moved on with their careers (current reunion tour notwithstanding). Terry Gilliam directs his quirky movies, Terry Jones has done screenwriting and documentaries, Michael Palin had his popular travel show, and John Cleese is in every film and TV show ever made, but Eric Idle has spent almost his entire career milking the fact that he used to do funny stuff in Monty Python. And every televised appearance, no matter what it's about, he has to pull out a guitar and remind us all that he wrote "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life". I think I've seen him do that in about 30 interviews by now.

He's entitled to rest on his laurels of course, but it does seem a bit sad that he's still going back to the Monty Python well, aping for attention like we all somehow forgot about him.

December 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

Ghostbusters 2 a bad movie? I'm always baffled to discover that is the accepted opinion about it. Granted, it was no Ghostbusters 1, but it was still good. Right?

Then again, I stick up for Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Godfather 3 and the Star Wars Prequels (not that any of them are as good as Ghostbusters 2), so my opinions may be suspect.

December 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKieran E

Just a thought, but since this strip is, inevitably, vastly more firmly established than Rick's spin-off, perhaps he should consider letting people ask questions in this comments thread, presumably inspired by his latest misadventure?

By the way, did you know this? After Graham Chapman's death, Eric Idle seriously tried to get the other Pythons to appear in "Monty Python And The Holy Grail 2", in which the knights would carry various holy relics which would speak with the voice of Graham Chapman, meaning that the script would have to be written around whatever Graham Chapman out-takes happened to be available. Strangely, they turned down this brilliant idea, even though that approach had worked so well in "The Trail Of The Pink Panther".

Instead, poor Eric was forced to make "The Rutles 2 - All You Need Is Cash", which almost nobody has seen because it's dreadful, and "Burn, Hollywood, Burn!", a movie about directors taking their names off films so bad that the director took his name off it. There's a lesson in there somewhere. And I think Rick might be just the person to explain it to us.

December 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCount Otto Black

Ghostbusters 2 was bad? I admit that it wasn't as good as the first movie, but let's all agree that Vigo the Carpathian was one of the scariest movie villains ever. And using the Nintendo Advantage to control the Statue of Liberty was awesome!

December 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew

Very funny as usual Scott!
This was posted a month ago. New Ghostbusters movie shooting in Spring 2014 maybe? But still sans Bill Murray. Jonah Hill & Emma Stone may be in the cast. Just sayin'.

December 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWJThomas

I was a big fan of Ric's column. It was actually quite well written and he's genuinely funny. I often thought I'd try to write him a question, but as what social media martketers refer to as a lurker, I often read and rarely post on any websites or blogs. Shoud Ric be surprised that he attracted a bunch of socially awkward troglodytes who spend most of their time desperately trying to ignore their problems and escape them? Actually asking anyone, even the wrong guy, requires actually admitting their existence.

Has Ric ever considered stealing questions from actual advice columns? It isn't unethical if you let others know you're doing it.

December 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSpammySosa

I remember seeing a MP reunion interview featuring GC ashes. The urn was knocked over and much comedy ensued. It was unexpected and one of the funniest bits I have ever seen.

December 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbigjimsmith

Rick actually wanted people sending in questions? That makes it even funnier than it already was for me. I always assumed they WERE made up and was afraid of being called out as a smartass if I ever sent in anything. I wonder if others thought the same?

Also, unrelated, but I just finished Off to be the Wizard (bought for Kindle through your Amazon link, hope that means double score for you) and it was hysterical. I had just watched all of the Ninth Doctor's series and ended up picturing Phillip as Chris Eccleston. I had to stop reading periodically because of the giggles it inspired.

Note from Scott: I fear you're not alone in your belief that Rick was writing the questions. Thanks for buying the book! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

December 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGiondi

"In other news, it looks like they're makign another Beverly Hills Cop movie, so that's something."

And what role will Eric Idle be playing?

December 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJustRuss

"Talking Heads who aren't David Byrne"

Sorry, does not compute; I'm slightly too young to have been a Talking Heads fan in the 80s, and I cannot picture any members of the Talking Heads who are not David Byrne.

The Talking Heads ARE David Byrne >_>

December 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

@Matt They did release an album post-Byrne as The Heads. The title was "No Talking Just Head." Guest vocalists did most of the singing. If you want 2 of the 3 non-Byrne Heads see Tom Tom Club.

December 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKimo

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