James Corden & Eric Idle Sing Dark Version of Monty Python Classic Re-Titled 'We Are Probably All Going To Die': Watch

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Eric Idle and James Corden perform on The Late Late Show with James Corden on Oct. 2, 2018.

"Always Look on the Bright Side of Life?" Not so much.

There was a time when it was easy to look on the bright side of life. Just not now. On Tuesday night's (Oct. 2) The Late Late Show, host James Corden lamented that it's really hard to do comedy these days, because nothing feels funny anymore. Which is why he's lucky that Monty Python star Eric Idle totally randomly stopped by the studio to cheer him up with a rousing run through the comedy troupe's legendary ode to taking a positive outlook on the negative, "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life," from 1979's Monty Python's Life of Brian.   

Things started out nice enough, with Idle singing the song's iconic, inescapably cheery chorus about not grumbling about your worries while standing under a giant rainbow as two men in top hats and tuxedos danced giddily behind him. Just then, though, Corden got a news alert on his phone about how climate change is going to make hurricanes way, way worse from now on.   

"Let's ignore that, that's bad news, we're here for good cheer," Corden said hurriedly, diving right back into the chorus... only to be interrupted by an alert on Idle's phone about the latest Brexit mess. "The only thing we need a reminder about right now is that life is beautiful and wonderful and full of brightness," he said. The alerts just would not stop coming, though.     


So the men flipped the script to re-title the song "We Are Probably All Going to Die," with Idle -- plugging his new memoir, Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography -- singing, "The president is cruel and stubborn as a mule/ I'm sure America's enemies are thrilled," while adding dire warnings about rising oceans, the flame-out of Medicare and all the other things that will probably kill us. The only hope, they warned, is if everyone goes out to vote on Nov. 6 in the midterm elections so that Democrats can re-take Congress, especially young people. "They won't, we're screwed," the men lamented.   

Joined by a dance troupe spinning yellow umbrellas as well as Elvis and Vincent Van Gogh impersonators, the pair brought it all home with the monumental couplet: "So have a drink or 10, you won't regret it when/ The reaper comes a knockin' at our door/ Why even clean your sheets, when one of Trump's dumb tweets/ Could get us all embroiled in nuclear war."

Watch "We Are Probably All Going to Die" below.


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