32 Facts About Monty Python


Monty Python were a British surreal comedy troupe who created the sketch comedy television show Monty Python's Flying Circus, which first aired on the BBC in 1969.

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The Monty Python phenomenon developed from the television series into something larger in scope and influence, including touring stage shows, films, albums, books and musicals.

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Broadcast by the BBC between 1969 and 1974, Monty Python's Flying Circus was conceived, written and performed by its members Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin.

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At the 41st British Academy Film Awards in 1988, Monty Python received the BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema.

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Six Monty Python members appeared in or wrote these shows before Flying Circus:.

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Much has been made of the fact that the Monty Python troupe is the result of Cleese's desire to work with Palin and the chance circumstances that brought the other four members into the fold.

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The name Monty Python was later described by the BBC as being "envisaged by the team as the perfect name for a sleazy entertainment agent".

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Canadian Broadcasting Corporation added Monty Python's Flying Circus to its national September 1970 fall line-up.

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Sketches from Monty Python's Flying Circus were introduced to American audiences in August 1972, with the release of the Python film And Now for Something Completely Different, featuring sketches from series 1 and 2 of the television show.

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Ability to show Monty Python's Flying Circus under the American NTSC standard had been made possible by the commercial actions of American television producer Greg Garrison.

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Monty Python later explained that he felt he no longer had anything fresh to offer the show, and claimed that only two Cleese- and Chapman-penned sketches in the third series were truly original, and that the others were bits and pieces from previous work cobbled together in slightly different contexts.

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Monty Python was finding Chapman, who was at that point in the full throes of alcoholism, difficult to work with.

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The name Monty Python's Flying Circus appears in the opening animation for season four, but in the end credits, the show is listed as simply Monty Python.

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Monty Python performed four consecutive dates at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles in September 1980 during preparations for Meaning of Life.

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In 1988 Monty Python won the BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema, with four of the six Pythons collecting the award.

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Monty Python were the inaugural recipients of the Empire Inspiration Award in 1997.

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Monty Python said that the problem was one of busyness rather than one of bad feelings.

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In 2009, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus, a six-part documentary entitled Monty Python: Almost the Truth was released, featuring interviews with the surviving members of the team, as well as archive interviews with Graham Chapman and numerous excerpts from the television series and films.

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Monty Python completed his medical training and was legally entitled to practise as a doctor.

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Monty Python died of metastatic throat cancer on 4 October 1989.

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Monty Python met his future Python writing partner, Chapman, in Cambridge.

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Outside of Monty Python, he is best known for setting up the Video Arts group and for the sitcom Fawlty Towers .

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Monty Python co-directed Monty Python and the Holy Grail and directed short segments of other Python films .

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When Monty Python was first formed, two writing partnerships were already in place: Cleese and Chapman, as well as Jones and Palin.

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Monty Python revived his career by returning to the source of his worldwide fame, adapting Monty Python material for other media.

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Monty Python appeared in sketches and the Python films, as well as performing some of his songs in Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl.

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Monty Python was a regular stand-in for absent team members on the rare occasions when they recreated sketches.

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Monty Python was one of the creative talents in the off-beat Bonzo Dog Band.

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Monty Python contributed to a sketch on the soundtrack album for Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

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Monty Python appeared in the first two series of the show, and played over 10 roles.

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Izzard has said that Monty Python was a significant influence on her style of comedy and Cleese has referred to her as "the lost Python".

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Monty Python have been named as being influential to the comedy stylings of a great many people including: Sacha Baron Cohen, David Cross, Rowan Atkinson, Seth MacFarlane, Seth Meyers, Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Vic and Bob, Mike Myers, Russell Brand, Jerry Seinfeld, and "Weird Al" Yankovic.

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