Monty Python (British surreal comedy group)

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Monty Python (also collectively known as the Pythons) were a British comedy troupe formed in 1969 consisting of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. The group came to prominence for the sketch comedy series Monty Python's Flying Circus, which aired on the BBC from 1969 to 1974. Their work then developed into a larger collection that included live shows, films, albums, books, and musicals; their influence on comedy has been compared to the Beatles' influence on music. Their sketch show has been called "an important moment in the evolution of television comedy".

Monty Python's Flying Circus was loosely structured as a sketch show, but its innovative stream-of-consciousness approach and Gilliam's animation skills pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable in style and content. The Pythons had creative control which allowed them to experiment with form and content, discarding rules of television comedy. They followed their television work by making the films Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Life of Brian (1979), and The Meaning of Life (1983). Their influence on British comedy has been apparent for years, while it has coloured the work of the early editions of Saturday Night Live through to absurdist trends in television comedy.

At the 41st British Academy Film Awards in 1988, Monty Python received the BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema. In 1998, they were awarded the AFI Star Award by the American Film Institute. Holy Grail and Life of Brian are frequently ranked on lists of the greatest comedy films. A 2005 poll asked more than 300 comedians, comedy writers, producers, and directors to name the greatest comedians of all time, and half of Monty Python's members made the top 50.

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Album + Compilation

1989Monty Python SingsMonty Python49

Album + Compilation + Spokenword

1976The Worst Best… Monty PythonMonty Python1
1977The Monty Python Instant Record CollectionMonty Python6
1987The Final Rip OffMonty Python44
1994The Instant Monty Python CD CollectionMonty Python51
1994The Ultimate Monty Python Rip OffMonty Python1
2014Monty Python’s Total Rubbish – The Complete CollectionMonty Python1

Album + Soundtrack

1975The Album of the Soundtrack of the Trailer of the Film of Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Executive VersionMonty Python15
1979Monty Python’s Life of BrianMonty Python412
1983The Meaning of LifeMonty Python49

Album + Spokenword

1970Monty Python’s Flying CircusMonty Python8
1971Another Monty Python RecordMonty Python9
1972Monty Python’s Previous RecordMonty Python8
1973The Monty Python Matching Tie and HandkerchiefMonty Python39
1980Monty Python’s Contractual Obligation AlbumMonty Python39

Album + Spokenword + Live

1974Monty Python Live at Drury LaneMonty Python11
1976Live! At City CenterMonty Python4

Album + Interview

2003The Pythons by The Pythons – The Interviews That Made the BookMonty Python1

Album + Live

2010Not the Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy)Monty Python2
2014Live (Mostly): One Down Five to GoMonty Python1


1980Always Look on the Bright Side of LifeMonty Python1
1991Always Look on the Bright Side of LifeMonty Python51
1992I Like ChineseMonty Python1
2015Galaxy SongMonty Python3


Fairly Incomplete & Rather Badly Illustrated Monty Python Song BookMonty Python1

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