Monty Python was born in May 1969, at the Light of Kashmir tandoori restaurant in Hampstead, where five British comedians (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin) and an American (animator Terry Gilliam) first sat down to discuss working together on a new BBC comedy series.
Since 1966, five of the Pythons-to-be had all been writing and performing in numerous eclectic comedy shows, including ‘The Frost Report’, ‘At Last the 1948 Show’ and ‘Do Not Adjust Your Set’ – the last of which featured Gilliam’s highly-original cut-out animations, which would become integral to Monty Python’s unique style.
The team all agreed that they wanted to overturn the conventions of traditional sketch comedy – sketches with a beginning, middle and end, punchlines, blackouts, and topical gags. Their approach to comedy would be unpredictable, aggressive and irreverent, each episode a thirty-minute stream-of-consciousness, reflecting the revolutionary times of the late ‘60s.
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Monty Python’s Flying Circus (1969)
The Monty Python players make their make with a winning mix of wit ingenuity and brilliant timing – and a penchant for mockery and cross dressing.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail ( 1975)
The Monty Python comedy clan skewers King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they quest far and wide for the Holy Grail
Monty Python’s Fliegender Zirkus: Season 1 (1972)
The Pythons elevate the absurd to new heights and bring their sketches to German TV, working in phonetic German, at times with an Australian accent
Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)
Born in a stable in Judea, Brian grows up to join a group of anti-Roman zealots, but this fate keeps getting confused with that of a certain carpenter
Monty Python Best Bits (mostly): Season 1 (2014)
Prominent comedians pay tribute to Monty Python’s best work in this five-part series, along with selected clips of sketches.
Monty Python Conquers America (2008)
Follow the evolution of the British sketch comedy troupe that redefined humour and shaped an entire generation of American comics. Starring: Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Jones
Monty Python Live (Mostly): One Down, Five to Go (2014)
Live from London in a sold-out final show, surviving members of the British comedy troupe reprise old roles and break out in irreverent song and dance. Starring: John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle.
Monty Python: The Meaning of Life (2014)
The no-holds-barred Pythons explore the various facets of life — from procreation to the clang of a death knell — in their usual irreverent fashion
Monty Python’s Almost the Truth (2009)
The legacy of comedy group Monty Python, whose irreverent brand of humour has tickled the ribs of millions, is explored in this documentary.
Monty Python’s Personal Best: Season 1 2005
Original members of the iconic Monty Python comedy troupe pick their all-time favourite sketches from their ground-breaking television series.
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