Saturday, June 13, 1970

Musical Artist - Monty Python

Cleese, Gilliam, Jones, Chapman, Palin, and Idle
Monty Python was a British comedy team first formed in 1969 consisting of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. The group's initial project was the BBC production Monty Python's Flying Circus, which ran from 1969 through 1974, the group eventually released five films - And Now for Something Completely Different, Monty Python's Holy Grail, Monty Python's Life of Brian, Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl, and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life - nineteen albums, more than twenty books, nine computer games, and the Broadway musical Spamalot.

The reason for their success is pretty clear: Monty Python was a brilliant comedy team that injected an almost insane surrealistic humor into the mainstream of popular culture. To a certain extent, Monty Python's success has diminished their original performances a bit because so many other later comics have been influenced by, and imitated them, so what was fresh and innovative when Python first did it has become a commonly used and sometimes tired trope now. From a particular perspective, they are essentially victims of their own pervasive influence. That said, their work remains absolutely magnificent, and no one can deny the massive impact the team had on comedy.

Monty Python has an official website named, naturally enough, Monty Python's Official Website, and can also be found on Twitter and YouTube.

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