The comedy troupe Monty Python was a milestone in the evolution of comedy.
Hailing from the United Kingdom, members Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin brought some of the most surreal, silly and satisfying laughs to television in the 1970s with their sketch series Monty Python’s Flying Circus. That success led them to the big screen, where they delivered revered comedy classics like Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python’s Life of Brian and Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life.
Now the hilarious work of Monty Python is coming to Netflix as the streaming service has just landed the rights to a huge chunk of the Monty Python comedy catalog, including their most famous television and film works, as well as a couple reunions and even a documentary about the troupe’s comedic influence. Find out what’s part of the Monty Python Netflix deal below. Read More »
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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