Posted on Friday, October 11th, 2019 by Josh Spiegel
It’s not hyperbole to note that the Monty Python comedy troupe changed the state of comedy. The six men who made up the group — Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin — came together as an unstoppable force that reshaped what TV comedy could be, before they then upended expectations of what film comedy could be in the late 1970s. But it all started with the sketch TV series Monty Python’s Flying Circus, which turns 50 this month. That’s when the first episode aired on the BBC in 1969, providing a brief glimpse into what the future of sketch comedy, years before Saturday Night Live was a blip on anyone’s mental radar. So now, let’s look at the 10 best sketches in Python history. One important caveat: these are only sketches from the show, nothing from the many brilliant Python films.