I recently went back to Monty Python for a refresher course — I’ve always loved the troupe’s work, but some combination of cynicism and silliness in the air recently (I think that might be politics) made me want to revisit the comedy of John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, and the late Graham Chapman.

I never knew much about the Pythons before Chapman’s death, caused by cancer in 1989, and in the years since I’ve always enjoyed learning more about the man: alcoholic, gay, bitingly dry, scathingly funny, and the absolute lynchipin of the entire Python experience. You can get a good bit of that just by watching many Python episodes with a critical eye (while all the actors dressed in drag, Chapman’s sexuality still shines through) but for a bit more info, there is this upcoming film A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman.

The film, which details Chapman’s personal and professional history, is a 3D affair animated by a collection of different artists, and the film’s very strange trailer makes it look like the best possible bio of Chapman. Whether it is or not it really is, I can’t say. Oh, and it isn’t safe for work at all, which is part of what makes it pretty wonderful.

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