Terry Jones
Eric Idle
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John Cleese
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Neil Innes
Ian MacNaughton
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George Harrison

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Monty Python

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Monty Python

British surreal comedy group who created their sketch comedy show Monty Pythons Flying Circus, that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969 add

Category: Movies & TV (400)

Launched in 1969.

Countries: United Kingdom (49%), United States (28%), (10%)

Main connections: Terry Jones, Eric Idle, John Cleese

Linked to: BBC, American Film Institute, American Broadcasting Company, Cambridge University




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Broadcast by the BBC between 1969 and 1974, "Flying Circus" was conceived, written, and performed by its members Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin add something


The song had been revived by Simon May 1969 o on BBC Radio 1, and was consequently released as a single that year add something


Michael Palin stated that the final reunion show on 20 July 1969 would be the last time that the troupe would perform together add something


The event was first shown live from the UK nationwide and was titled "Monty Python Live " and was later reshown at select theatres in recorded form in August 1969 add something


John Cleese - "Monty Python's Flying Circus" ran for four seasons from October 1969 to December 1974 on BBC Television, though with only limited participation of Cleese in the last six shows


"'Monty Python"' were a British surreal comedy group who created their sketch comedy show "Monty Python's Flying Circus", that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969 add something


The CBC dropped the show when it returned to regular programming after the Christmas 1970 break, choosing to not place the remaining seven episodes of series 2 on the January 1971 CBC schedule add something


The show eventually returned, becoming a fixture on the network during the first half of the 1970s add something


The troupe later turned to Carol Cleveland, who co-starred in numerous episodes after 1970 add something


With the popularity of Python throughout the rest of the 1970s and through most of the 1980s, $ PBS stations looked at other British comedies, leading to UK shows such as "Are You Being Served-" gaining a US audience, and leading, over time, to many PBS stations having a "British Comedy Night" which airs many popular UK comedies add something


Graham Chapman - Chapman kept his sexuality a secret until the 1970s, although he did allude to it in some Monty Python sketches


John Cleese - Cleese based Basil Fawlty on a real person, Donald Sinclair, whom he had encountered in 1970 while the Monty Python team were staying at the Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay while filming inserts for their television series


Ian MacNaughton - In 1970 the team filmed the second series of Monty Python's Flying Circus


Monastir, Tunisia - The ribat was, in the 1970s, one of the filming locations for both the miniseries "Jesus of Nazareth" and Monty Python's "Life of Brian"


Ian MacNaughton - In 1971 MacNaughton directed the team's first film, And Now For Something Completely Different, which was a remake of the best sketches from the first two series of Monty Python's Flying Circus without an audience


Comedy film - The greatest successes, however, came with the films of the Monty Python team, including "And Now for Something Completely Different" , "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" and "Monty Python's Life of Brian" in 1979


Sketches like "Bicycle Repairman" and "The Dull Life of a Stockbroker" aired in the summer of 1972 on "Comedyworld", a summer replacement series for NBC's "The Dean Martin Show" add something


This 1972 release met limited box office success add something


Ian MacNaughton - In 1973 the production team shared the BAFTA *award for Best Light Entertainment Programme for Monty Python's Flying Circus


Garrison produced the NBC series "The Dean Martin Comedy World", which ran during the summer of 1974 add something


In 1974, between production on the third and fourth seasons, the group decided to embark on their first "proper" feature film, containing entirely new material add something


In the summer of 1974, Ron Devillier, the programme director for nonprofit PBS television station KERA in Dallas, Texas, started airing episodes of "Monty Python's Flying Circus" add something


The popularity on PBS resulted in the 1974 re-release of the 1972 " add something


The rest of the group carried on for one more "half" series before calling a halt to the programme in 1974 add something


In 1975, ABC broadcast two 90-minute "Monty Python" specials, each with three shows, but cut out a total of 24 minutes from each, in part to make time for commercials,and in part to avoid upsetting their audience add something


In 1976, Idle directed music videos for George Harrison songs "This Song" and "Crackerbox Palace", the latter of which featured cameo appearances from Neil Innes and John Cleese add something


Neil Innes - He appeared on stage with the Pythons in New York City in 1976, performing the Bob Dylanesque "Protest Song" on the album "Monty Python Live at City Center"


Ian Ogilvy - In 1976, he featured in the pilot episode of the television comedy series "Ripping Yarns", co-produced by former "Monty Python" members Michael Palin and Terry Jones


Keith Moon - In 1978, the Monty Python comedy group invited Moon to join them in Tunisia for their filming of Monty Python's Life of Brian, where he was to play some of the smaller roles


Monty Python's Life of Brian - An album was released by Monty Python in 1979 in conjunction with the film


Male pregnancy - In Monty Python's 1979 film, "Life of Brian", there is a political satire scene in which a character demands that any man has a "right to have babies if he wants them," which is ridiculed as impossible


Male pregnancy - In Monty Python's 1979 film, "Life of Brian", there is a political satire scene in which a character demands that any man has a "right to have babies if he wants them," which is ridiculed as impossible


Spike Milligan - The Pythons gave Milligan a cameo role in their 1979 film, "Monty Python's Life of Brian", when Milligan happened to be holidaying in Tunisia, near where the film was being shot


Terry Gilliam - With the gradual break-up of the Python troupe between Life of Brian in 1979 and The Meaning of Life in 1983, Gilliam became a screenwriter and director, building upon the experience he had acquired during the making of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.


Monty Python's Life of Brian - "'Monty Python's Life of Brian"', known as "'Life of Brian"', is a 1979 British comedy film starring and written by the comedy group Monty Python , and directed by Jones


The book "A Liar's Autobiography" was published in 1980 and details Chapman's journey through medical school, alcoholism, acknowledgement of his gay identity, and the tolls of surreal comedy add something


Neil Innes - In 1980 he travelled to the States with the Pythons again, subsequently appearing in "Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl"


Charles Alverson - In 1980, Alverson was managing editor of the British environmentalist magazine "Vole", financed by Terry Jones of Monty Python


John Du Prez - A long time friend of Eric Idle, Du Prez composed the score for "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life" in 1983, while still a member of Modern Romance


David Bowie - Bowie had a cameo in "Yellowbeard", a 1983 pirate comedy created by Monty Python members, and a small part as Colin, the hitman in the 1985 film "Into the Night"


Monty Python's The Meaning of Life - "'Monty Python's The Meaning of Life"', known as "'The Meaning of Life"', is a 1983 British musical comedy film written and performed by the Monty Python troupe, and directed by one of its members, Terry Jones, and was the last film to feature all six Python members before Graham Chapman's death in 1989


Labyrinth (film) - Terry Jones of Monty Python wrote the first draft of the film's script early in 1984, drawing on Brian Froud's sketches for inspiration


After a six-year break, Amnesty resumed producing "Secret Policeman's Ball" benefit shows in 1987 and by 2006 had presented a total of 12 such shows add something


The shows since 1987 have featured newer generations of British comedic performers, including many who have attributed their participation in the show to their desire to emulate the Python's pioneering work for Amnesty add something


Peter Woods (journalist) - These included "Monty Python", "There's a Lot of It About", "The New Statesman", and Jonnie Turpie's 1987 film "Out of Order"


Idle's involvement in the special is limited, yet the final sketch marks the only time since 1989 that all surviving members of the troupe appear in one sketch, albeit not in the same room add something


The death of Chapman in 1989 put an end to the speculation of any further reunions add something


The title is a play on the 1989 film "Dead Poets Society" add something


He died of spinal and throat cancer on 4 October 1989 add something


When asked in November 1989 about such a possibility, Harrison responded: "As far as I'm concerned, there won't be a Beatles reunion as long as John Lennon remains dead add something


Idle has had success with Python songs: "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" went to no. 3 in the UK singles chart in 1991 add something


Bob Ezrin - In 1993, Ezrin co-founded a computer software company called 7th Level, which developed and published educational and entertainment CD-ROMs, including a highly popular and groundbreaking series of Monty Python games


By the time of the 25th anniversary of Monty Python in 1994, the point was already being made that "the five surviving members had with the passing years begun to occupy an institutional position in the edifice of British social culture that they had once had so much fun trying to demolish" add something


Both were present and presented as Associate Pythons at the official Monty Python 25th-anniversary celebrations held in Los Angeles in July 1994 add something


In 1996, Terry Jones wrote and directed an adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's novel "The Wind in the Willows" add something


The name "Minty Python" had been suggested before in 1996 in a contest to select the quintessential British ice cream flavour add something


Art Garfunkel - Garfunkel's performance of Monty Python member Eric Idle's "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" was used in the end credits of the 1997 film "As Good as It Gets"


In 1998 during the US Comedy Arts Festival, where the troupe was awarded the AFI Star award by the American Film Institute, the five remaining members, along with what was purported to be Chapman's ashes, were reunited on stage for the first time in 18 years add something


In the 1998 documentary "Live At Aspen" during the US Comedy Arts Festival, where the troupe was awarded the AFI Star award by the American Film Institute, the group implied that "Monty" was selected as a gently mocking tribute to Field Marshal Lord Montgomery, a legendary British general of World War II; requiring a "slippery-sounding" surname, they settled on "Python" add something


Eddie Izzard - In 1998 Izzard appeared briefly on stage with the Monty Python team in "The American Film Institute's Tribute to Monty Python"


Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein - In the 1998 documentary "Live At Aspen" during the US Comedy Arts Festival, the British comedy troupe "Monty Python's Flying Circus"


Izzard hosted a history of the group entitled "The Life of Python" that was part of the Python Night and appeared with them at a festival/tribute in Aspen, Colorado, in 1998 add something


The surviving Pythons had agreed in principle to perform a live tour of America in 1999 add something


When the BBC held a "Python Night" in 1999 to celebrate 30 years of the first broadcast of "Flying Circus", the Pythons recorded some new material with Izzard standing in for Idle, who had declined to partake in person add something


On 9 October 1999, to commemorate 30 years since the first "Flying Circus" television broadcast, BBC2 devoted an evening to Python programmes, including a documentary charting the history of the team, interspersed with new sketches by the Monty Python team filmed especially for the event add something


Additionally, a 2001 April 1969 Fool's Day joke by van Rossum and Larry Wall involving the merger of Python with Perl was dubbed "Parrot" after the Dead Parrot sketch add something


In 2002, four of the surviving members, bar Cleese, performed "The Lumberjack Song" and "Sit on My Face" for George Harrison's memorial concert add something


George Carlin - Carlin, George, "George Carlin on Comedy", "Lenny Bruce",, 2002 Richard Pryor, Jerry Lewis, Marx Brothers, Mort Sahl, Spike Jones, Ernie Kovacs, Ritz Brothers Monty Python


George Harrison - Idle later performed the famous Monty Python sketch, "The Lumberjack Song", at the Concert for George, held in 2002 to commemorate Harrison


Neil Innes - Innes took part, along with the remaining Monty Python members, in the 2002 Concert for George, in memory of George Harrison


"The Pythons Autobiography By the Pythons" , compiled from interviews with the surviving members, reveals that a series of disputes in 1998, over a possible sequel to "Holy Grail" that had been conceived by Idle, may have resulted in the group's permanent split add something


Hank Azaria - In 2003, he appeared as Bernard in a run of David Mamet's play "Sexual Perversity in Chicago", along with Matthew Perry and Minnie Driver, in London's West End. Azaria made his first appearance as Sir Lancelot, the French Taunter, and four other characters in "Spamalot", the musical version of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail", which opened in Chicago in December 2004, before moving to the Shubert Theatre on Broadway


Monty Python's The Meaning of Life - In the 2003 DVD release of the film, the tagline is altered to read "It took God six days to create the Heavens and the Earth, and Monty Python just 1 hour and 48 minutes to screw it up"


In 2004, it was nominated for 14 Tony awards and won three: Best Musical, Best Direction of a Musical for Mike Nichols, and Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for Sara Ramirez, who played the Lady of the Lake, a character specially added for the musical add something


Eric Idle - In 2004, Idle created "Spamalot," a musical comedy based on the 1975 film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"


It ran in Chicago from 21 December 2004 to 23 January 2005, and began performances on Broadway on 17 March 2005 add something


By 2005, a falling out had occurred between Idle and Innes over additional Rutles projects, the results being Innes' critically acclaimed Rutles "reunion" album "The Rutles: Archaeology" and Idle's straight-to-DVD "The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch", each undertaken without the other's participation add something


In a 2005 UK poll to find "The Comedian's Comedian", three of the six Pythons members were voted by fellow comedians and comedy insiders to be among the top 50 greatest comedians ever: Cleese at No. 2, Idle at No. 21, and Palin at No. 30 add something


March 2005 had a full, if nonperforming, reunion of the surviving cast members at the premiere of Idle's musical "Spamalot", based on "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" add something


According to an interview with Idle in the "Chicago Tribune" in May 2005, his attitude is that Innes and he go back "too far add something


Owing in part to the success of "Spamalot", PBS announced on 13 July 2005 that it would begin to re-air the entire run of "Monty Python's Flying Circus" and new one-hour specials focusing on each member of the group, called "Monty Python's Personal Best" add something


A similar point is made in a 2006 book on the relationship between Monty and philosophy: "It is remarkable, after all, not only that the utterly bizarre "Monty Python's Flying Circus" was sponsored by the BBC in the first place, but that Monty Python itself grew into an institution of enormous cultural influence add something


In protest at George W. Bush, he renounced his American citizenship in January 2006 and is now only a British citizen add something


For the work's 2007 premiere at the Luminato festival in Toronto , Idle himself sang the "baritone-ish" part add something


Simon Russell Beale - In 2007 he reprised his Broadway role as King Arthur in the Monty Python musical "Spamalot" at the Palace Theatre, London


Monty Python's Life of Brian - On New Year's Day 2007, and again on New Year's Eve, UK television station Channel 4 dedicated an entire evening to the Monty Python phenomenon, during which an hour-long documentary was broadcast called "The Secret Life of Brian" about the making of "The Life of Brian" and the controversy that was caused by its release


On St George's Day, 23 April 2007, the cast and creators of "Spamalot" gathered in Trafalgar Square under the tutelage of the two Terrys to set a new record for the world's largest coconut orchestra add something


Peter Oundjian - In June 2007, Oundjian conducted the world premiere of an oratorio by Idle and John DuPrez based on the Monty Python movie "Life of Brian", titled "Not the Messiah ", at the first Luminato Festival in Toronto, Canada


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Clay Aiken - Aiken made his Broadway debut playing the role of Sir Robin in Monty Python's "Spamalot" in January 2008


Clay Aiken - On January 18, 2008, Aiken made his Broadway debut when he joined the cast of "Monty Python's Spamalot" for a four-month run, ending on May 4, 2008


Alan Dale - In March 2008, Dale replaced Peter Davison in the lead role of King Arthur in the London West End production of Monty Python's "Spamalot" at the Palace Theatre


Monty Python's Life of Brian - In October 2008, a memoir by Kim "Howard" Johnson titled "Monty Python's Tunisian Holiday: My Life with Brian" was released


An official 40th anniversary Monty Python reunion event took place in New York City on 15 October 2009, where the team received a Special award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts add something


The European premiere was held on 23 October 2009 add something


In 2010, the commercial space company SpaceX launched a wheel of cheese into low earth orbit and returned it safely to the earth add something


Current Archaeology - Past speakers include Oxford graduate Terry Jones, of Monty Python fame, who spoke at the 2010 conference on 'Romans and Barbarians'


In June 2011, it was announced that "A Liar's Autobiography", an animated 3D movie based on the memoir of the late Python member, Graham Chapman, was in the making add something


Darren Boyd - The BBC announced in June 2011 that Boyd would play the role of John Cleese in "Holy Flying Circus", a 90-minute dramatisation of the controversy that arose when Monty Python's "Life of Brian" was released in 1979


Chapman's comedic fictional memoir, "A Liar's Autobiography", was adapted into an animated 3D movie in 2012 add something


Jim Steinman - In January 2012, it was announced that Steinman is working with Terry Jones of Monty Python fame on a heavy metal version of "The Nutcracker"


On 26 January 2012, Terry Jones announced that the five surviving Pythons would reunite in a sci-fi comedy film called "Absolutely Anything" add something


Monty Python's The Meaning of Life - Monty Python - In an April 2012 re-release held by the American Film Institute, the tagline is altered to read "It took God six days to create the Heavens and the Earth, and Monty Python just 1 hour and 48 minutes to screw it up"


John Cleese - In November 2012, Cleese was filmed and interviewed by filmmaker Gracie Otto for the upcoming documentary film "Chalky", about Cleese's longtime friend and colleague Michael White, who produced "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" and Cleese's pre-Python comedy production "Cambridge Circus"


Stephen Tompkinson - Stephen made his musical theatre debut in London 's West End in the lead role of King Arthur in Monty Python's "Spamalot" at the Playhouse Theatre 20 November 2012


In 2013, the Pythons lost a legal case to Mark Forstater, the film producer of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail", over royalties for the derivative work "Spamalot" add something


Edward Barnes (composer) - Formerly the Managing Director of American Lyric Theater, he was appointed Producing Director of The Collegiate Chorale in the summer of 2013, producing David Lang's battle hymns at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Not the Messiah, an oratorio by Eric Idle and John DuPrez based on the Monty Python film The Life of Brian at Carnegie Hall, and Kurt Weill's spectacle, The Road of Promise, at Carnegie Hall


Bob Costas - In June 2013 he provided the voice of "God" in the Monty Python musical "Spamalot" at The Muny in St.Louis


The tickets for this show went on sale in November 2013 and sold out in just 43 seconds add something


On 19 November 2013, a new reunion was reported, following months of "secret talks" add something


The original plan was for a live, one-off stage show at the O2 Arena in London on 1 July 2014, with "some of Monty Python's greatest hits, with modern, topical, Pythonesque twists" according to a press release add something


Eric Idle - Eric Idle was the creator and director of the live show "Monty Python Live - One down, Five to go", which took place at the O2 Arena in London between 1 and 20 July 2014


Sean Bean - Popular in his home county, a 2018 poll for Yorkshire Day saw Bean ranked the second greatest Yorkshireman ever behind Monty Python comedian Michael Palin


Palin was appointed a K.C.M.G. in the 2019 New Year Honours, which were announced by Buckingham Palace in December 2018 add something