Monty Python

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Monty Python (sometimes known as The Pythons) are a British surreal comedy group that created Monty Python's Flying Circus, a British television comedy sketch show that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969. Forty-five episodes were made over four series. The Python phenomenon developed from the television series into something larger in scope and impact, spawning touring stage shows, films, numerous albums, several books and a stage musical as well as launching the members to individual stardom. The group's influence on comedy has been compared to The Beatles' influence on music.

The television series, broadcast by the BBC from 1969 to 1974, was conceived, written and performed by members Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. Loosely structured as a sketch show, but with an innovative stream-of-consciousness approach (aided by Gilliam's animation), it pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable in style and content. A self-contained comedy team responsible for both writing and performing their work, the Pythons had creative control which allowed them to experiment with form and content, discarding rules of television comedy. Their influence on British comedy has been apparent for years, while in North America it has coloured the work of cult performers from the early editions of Saturday Night Live through to more recent absurdist trends in television comedy. "Pythonesque" has entered the English lexicon as a result.

In a 2005 UK poll to find The Comedian's Comedian, three of the six Pythons members were voted by fellow comedians and comedy insiders to be among the top 50 greatest comedians ever: Cleese at #2, Idle at #21, and Palin at #30.

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Discography

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1987 The Final Rip Off Compilation 4 3
1989 Monty Python Sings Compilation 4 6
Lust for Glory Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1974 Monty Python Live at Drury Lane Live 6
2010 Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) Live 1
Live! At City Center Live 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Rating Releases
1975 The Album of the Soundtrack of the Trailer of the Film of Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Executive Version Soundtrack 9
1979 Monty Python's Life of Brian Soundtrack 7
1983 The Meaning of Life Soundtrack 6

Single

Year Title Rating Releases
1991 Always Look on the Bright Side of Life 5 1
Galaxy Song 1

Other

Year Title Rating Releases
Fairly Incomplete & Rather Badly Illustrated Monty Python Song Book 1

Other + Spokenword

Year Title Rating Releases
1970 Monty Python’s Flying Circus Spokenword 4
1971 Another Monty Python Record Spokenword 7
1973 Monty Python’s Previous Record Spokenword 5
1973 The Monty Python Matching Tie and Handkerchief Spokenword 3 7
1977 The Monty Python Instant Record Collection Spokenword 5
1980 Monty Python’s Contractual Obligation Album Spokenword 6
1994 The Instant Monty Python CD Collection Spokenword 1
1994 The Ultimate Monty Python Rip Off Spokenword 1
2014 Monty Python’s Total Rubbish Spokenword 1

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