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Monty Python

Updated on May 13, 2012
Monty Python
Monty Python

Monty Python's Flying Circus, broadcast by the BBC from 1969 to 1974, was conceived, written and performed by:

  • Graham Chapman
  • John Cleese
  • Terry Gilliam
  • Eric Idle
  • Terry Jones
  • Michael Palin

Loosely structured as a sketch show but with an innovative stream-of-consciousness approach, it pushed the boundaries of what was then considered acceptable, both in terms of style and content.

Monty Python's Flying Circus is arguably the most influential comedy series ever broadcast. The Pythons created a style of comedy so distinctive and impossible to categorise that it earned its own adjective - Pythonesque. Quite simply, they invented a new genre of comedy. Despite this, Jones once commented that the fact that they had created a new word in the dictionary shows how miserably they had failed.

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