History Creator / MontyPython

4th Sep '17 12:07:43 AM C2
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* ''Film/AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent'' (1971): Essentially TheMovie of the ''Flying Circus'', produced and released while the original series was still in production. A collection of their best sketches from the show, reshot on film to introduce the team to American audiences, who didn't catch on quite yet.

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* ''Film/AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent'' ''And Now For Something Completely Different'' (1971): Essentially TheMovie of the ''Flying Circus'', produced and released while the original series was still in production. A collection of their best sketches from the show, reshot on film to introduce the team to American audiences, who didn't catch on quite yet.
24th Aug '17 8:00:28 PM LukeLynch
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The troupe more or less dissolved into its component parts after their last film, and fell apart definitively when Graham Chapman died in 1989. The last time all six were seen together live was in a brief spot in the 20-year reunion special ''Parrot Sketch Not Included'', where host Creator/SteveMartin revealed they were all being kept in a closet, including a visibly-ailing Chapman seated in the middle; the special aired the day after his death that October. The survivors (particularly Cleese and Palin) still do occasionally perform either on stage or in each other's films. All five held a 1998 reunion in Aspen, Colorado (with Creator/EddieIzzard in tow) and in mid-2014, they took one last collective bow, in a short series of London-based performances characteristically entitled ''Monty Python (Mostly) Live: One Down, Five to Go''.

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The troupe more or less dissolved into its component parts after their last film, and fell apart definitively when Graham Chapman died in 1989. The last time all six were seen together live was in a brief spot in the 20-year reunion special ''Parrot Sketch Not Included'', where host Creator/SteveMartin revealed they were all being kept in a closet, including a visibly-ailing Chapman seated in the middle; the special aired the day after his death that October. The survivors (particularly Cleese and Palin) still do occasionally perform either on stage or in each other's films. All five held a 1998 reunion in Aspen, Colorado (with Creator/EddieIzzard in tow) and in mid-2014, they took one last collective bow, in a short series of London-based performances characteristically entitled [[Film/MontyPythonMostlyLiveOneDownFiveToGo ''Monty Python (Mostly) Live: One Down, Five to Go''.
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20th Jan '17 12:30:39 PM Exxolon
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DeadpanSnarker Creator/JohnCleese, StraightMan Creator/GrahamChapman and musician Eric Idle met at Cambridge University where they were members of The Footlights, a celebrated performing society. [[{{Pantomime}} Panto]]-style actor Creator/TerryJones and his writing partner, NiceGuy Creator/MichaelPalin, had been similarly occupied at Oxford at about the same time. Cleese met cartoonist/animator Creator/TerryGilliam -- the one American in the group, then working for the humor magazine ''Help!?'' -- during the US tour of "The Footlights Revue".

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DeadpanSnarker Creator/JohnCleese, StraightMan Creator/GrahamChapman and musician Eric Idle Creator/EricIdle met at Cambridge University where they were members of The Footlights, a celebrated performing society. [[{{Pantomime}} Panto]]-style actor Creator/TerryJones and his writing partner, NiceGuy Creator/MichaelPalin, had been similarly occupied at Oxford at about the same time. Cleese met cartoonist/animator Creator/TerryGilliam -- the one American in the group, then working for the humor magazine ''Help!?'' -- during the US tour of "The Footlights Revue".
18th Dec '16 2:44:18 PM Shoebox
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All save Gilliam were recruited as television writers straight out of college. In the amorphous melting pot that was British radio and TV comedy in the late 1960's -- where alliances drawn from the same talent-pool were constantly formed for [[BritishBrevity short-lived projects]] and then dissolved -- meetings in various combinations ensued for our heroes, and considerable mutual respect was earned. In 1967 Idle, Palin, Jones and Gilliam wrote and starred in the UK children's TV series, ''Series/DoNotAdjustYourSet''. At the same time Cleese and Chapman joined together with Tim Brooke-Taylor et al. to produce ''Series/AtLastThe1948Show'', and in 1968 the two provided additional material for the unruly satire ''Film/TheMagicChristian'', also making cameos in the film. Cleese, Chapman, Palin and Brooke-Taylor then collaborated for the one-off TV special ''How To Irritate People'' later that year.

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All save Gilliam were recruited as television writers straight out of college. In the amorphous melting pot that was British radio and TV comedy in the late 1960's -- where alliances drawn from the same talent-pool were constantly formed for [[BritishBrevity short-lived projects]] and then dissolved -- meetings in various combinations ensued for our heroes, and considerable mutual respect was earned. In 1967 Idle, Palin, Jones and Gilliam wrote and starred in the UK children's TV series, ''Series/DoNotAdjustYourSet''. At the same time Cleese and Chapman joined together with Tim Brooke-Taylor et al. to produce ''Series/AtLastThe1948Show'', and in 1968 the two provided additional material for the unruly satire ''Film/TheMagicChristian'', also making cameos in the film. Cleese, Chapman, Palin and Brooke-Taylor then collaborated for the one-off TV special ''How To to Irritate People'' later that year.



The troupe more or less dissolved into its component parts after their last film, and fell apart definitively when Graham Chapman died in 1989. The last time all six were seen together live was in a brief spot in the 20-year reunion special ''Parrot Sketch Not Included'', where host Creator/SteveMartin revealed they were all being kept in a closet, including a visibly-ailing Chapman seated in the middle; the special aired the day after his death that October. The survivors (particularly Cleese and Palin) still do occasionally perform either on stage or in each other's films. All five held a 1998 reunion in Aspen, Colorado (with Creator/EddieIzzard in tow) and in mid-2014, they took one last collective bow, in a short series of London-based performances characteristically entitled ''Monty Python (Mostly) Live: One Down, Five To Go''.

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The troupe more or less dissolved into its component parts after their last film, and fell apart definitively when Graham Chapman died in 1989. The last time all six were seen together live was in a brief spot in the 20-year reunion special ''Parrot Sketch Not Included'', where host Creator/SteveMartin revealed they were all being kept in a closet, including a visibly-ailing Chapman seated in the middle; the special aired the day after his death that October. The survivors (particularly Cleese and Palin) still do occasionally perform either on stage or in each other's films. All five held a 1998 reunion in Aspen, Colorado (with Creator/EddieIzzard in tow) and in mid-2014, they took one last collective bow, in a short series of London-based performances characteristically entitled ''Monty Python (Mostly) Live: One Down, Five To to Go''.
4th Dec '16 1:42:04 AM Xtifr
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'''Monty Python''' is a British comedy troupe, featuring some very well-educated clowns.

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'''Monty Python''' Monty Python is a British comedy troupe, featuring some very well-educated clowns.
28th Sep '16 7:52:58 AM NWolfman
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[[caption-width-right:350:[-Creator/MichaelPalin, Creator/TerryJones, Creator/EricIdle, Creator/GrahamChapman, Creator/TerryGilliam, and Creator/JohnCleese at the Hollywood Bowl, 1980-] ]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:[-Creator/MichaelPalin, [[caption-width-right:350:[-Wasting a perfectly good education since 1969. [[note]] L-R: Creator/MichaelPalin, Creator/TerryJones, Creator/EricIdle, Creator/GrahamChapman, Creator/TerryGilliam, and Creator/JohnCleese at the Hollywood Bowl, 1980-] 1980 [[/note]]-] ]]
9th Jul '16 8:32:16 PM Shoebox
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The brash young sextet stormed into a pitch meeting with BBC executives and told them that... they had absolutely no idea what they wanted to do, let alone come up with a title for it. In their heads, though, it was going to be ''really really'' cool and groundbreaking and just generally nothing the comedy world had ever seen before -- like ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' had been, only more so. Incredibly enough, the execs took a flyer on them. The net result was ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', and a sketch-comedy troupe for the ages was born. The unofficial seventh and eighth members are British-born/American-raised actress Creator/CarolCleveland and comedic musician Neil Innes, with other frequent guest players including Cleese's then-wife (and future ''Series/FawltyTowers'' collaborator) Connie Booth, actor-writer Ian Davidson, and singing troupe The Fred Tomlinson Singers.

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The brash young sextet stormed into a pitch meeting with BBC executives and told them that... they had absolutely no idea what they wanted to do, let alone come up with a title for it. In their heads, though, it was going to be ''really really'' cool and groundbreaking and just generally nothing the comedy world had ever seen before -- like ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' had been, only more so. Incredibly enough, the execs took a flyer on them. The net result was ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', and a sketch-comedy troupe for the ages was born. The unofficial seventh and eighth members are British-born/American-raised actress Creator/CarolCleveland and comedic musician Neil Innes, with other frequent guest players including Cleese's then-wife (and future ''Series/FawltyTowers'' collaborator) Connie Booth, actor-writer Ian Davidson, and singing troupe The Fred Tomlinson Singers.\n


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Over the course of the series, they also acquired a loyal and long-running supporting cast: the unofficial seventh and eighth members of the troupe are British-born/American-raised actress Creator/CarolCleveland and comedic musician Neil Innes, with other frequent guest players including Cleese's then-wife (and future ''Series/FawltyTowers'' collaborator) Connie Booth, actor-writer Ian Davidson, and singing troupe The Fred Tomlinson Singers.
9th Jul '16 8:28:35 PM Shoebox
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Writing chores tended to fall along well-established lines: Cleese with Chapman (which Cleese described as mostly him feverishly typing while Chapman smoked his pipe and occasionally tossed out a totally random--but usually brilliant--idea), Palin with Jones, Idle on his own. Gilliam later noted that there seemed a further division in sensibilities between the taller, more "aggressive" Cambridge men and the shorter, lighter-humored Oxford men, the latter of which camps Gilliam found himself leaning towards. He himself worked separately on animations and hence appears only very rarely before the camera. Roles -- in the TV show, at least -- were assigned based on who had contributed most to that particular script; thus it's possible to roughly figure out who wrote what based on who's starring in any given sketch.

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Writing chores tended to fall along well-established lines: Cleese with Chapman (which Cleese described as mostly him feverishly typing while Chapman smoked his pipe and occasionally tossed out a totally random--but usually brilliant--idea), Palin with Jones, Idle on his own. Gilliam later noted that there seemed to be a further division in comedic sensibilities between the taller, more "aggressive" Cambridge men and the shorter, lighter-humored lighter-humoured Oxford men, the latter of which camps whom Gilliam found himself leaning towards.identified with most closely. He himself worked separately on animations and hence appears only very rarely before the camera. Roles -- in the TV show, at least -- were assigned based on who had contributed most to that particular script; thus it's possible to roughly figure out who wrote what based on who's starring in any given sketch.
20th Apr '16 8:38:13 PM Berrenta
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13th Mar '16 10:42:19 AM bookwormgirlLH
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* ''Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl'' (1982): A live show, recorded in 1980, recreating some of the most famous sketches and songs (often with a twist), and adding new material (as well as some footage from the German episodes). Reportedly this film was made as a way of the troupe to overcome writer's block suffered while creating...

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* ''Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl'' ''Film/MontyPythonLiveAtTheHollywoodBowl'' (1982): A live show, recorded in 1980, recreating some of the most famous sketches and songs (often with a twist), and adding new material (as well as some footage from the German episodes). Reportedly this film was made as a way of the troupe to overcome writer's block suffered while creating...
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