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Monty Python Entered The Dictionary In Different Ways

Not just appeared in a dictionary under the term Python only, Monty Python has joined the lexemes in other ways.

The first word is “spam” which alludes to bulk or unwanted email. This term is stemmed from the sketch of the show “Spam” in 1970. In the show, a waitress when reciting a Spam-filled menu, a song was come up with the lyric repeating the term “spam”

May you not know, Guido van Rossum had created The Python programming language and Monty Python references usually refer to that language in sample code. The environment of that’s language program call IDLE or eric which are both in honor of Eric Idle.

In 2001 April Fool’s Day joke about the combination of Python with Perl was named “parrot” which was named after Dead Parrot sketch. Then after that, “parrot” was used in a project to interpret the bytecode of languages on a virtual machine.

In 1985, an unknown species of gigantic prehistoric snake’s fossil from the Miocene was discovered in Riversleigh, Queensland, Australia. An Australian paleontologist had discovered the unknown fossil snake in Riversleigh, Queensland, Australia. And he realized that it was a Monty Python fan, so he named the snake after Montypythonoides riversleighensis with respect of the Monty Python group.

In 2006, a coffee liqueur ice cream by Ben & Jerry’s with a chocolate cookie crumb swirl and fudge cows have called “Minty Python”. This name was suggested in 1996 in a contest in choosing the quintessential flavor of British ice cream

In 1999, regarding the group’s 30th anniversary, a beer called “Holy Grail Ale” was released by the Black Sheep Brewery in North Yorkshire.

One of the endangered animals, Bemaraha wool lemur (Avahi Cleese) was got its name after John Cleese.

A mutant gene of a flies was called “Indy”, the acronym of the dialogue line: “I’m not dead!” in the movie named Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It has its names because this gene prolongs mutant flies’ life to as twice as human life.

The band Toad the Wet Sprocket was named after the sketch of Rock Notes in the comedy series called Monty Python’s Contract Obligation Album.

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Monty Python Members’ Brief Introduction

Broadcast by the BBC 1969 – 1974, Monty Python’s Flying Circus was carried out by its members Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin.

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Graham Chapman was a medical student. He had joined the footlight at the University of Cambridge. After he had finished his medical course, he has officially become a doctor. Chapman is well-known for the lead characters in Holy Grail, (as King Arthur) and Life of Brian (as Brian Cohen). He died because of the metastatic throat (October 4th, 1989).

John Cleese was the oldest member of Python. He first met Chapman, his Python writing partner in Cambridge. He was well-known not only because he was a member of Python but he set up the Video Art company as well as he was the co-written with Connie for Fawlty Towers the sitcom as well. Cleese also was the author of some books in the psychology field and wrote the screenplay for the comedy film A Fish Called Wanda.

Terry Gilliam is American, which made him distinct from other British members. He was first known as an animator and strip cartoonist for the magazine “Harvey Kurtzman’s Help!”. He also animated for Do Not Adjust Your Set and then was asked by its maker to take part in their next project, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, after he moved from the US to England. He was the Monty Python and the Holy Grail’s co-director and directed some sections of other Python movies.

Eric Idle was the member contributing to the wordplay elaboration and musical number. After Flying Circus, he took over Saturday Night Live 4 times in the first 5 seasons. He first success in the 1990s with the failures of his film Splitting Heirs in 1993. Idle wrote the Spamalot, which was received Tony Award, based on Holy Grail.

Terry Jones has been known as the “heart” of the group by other partners. Jones had played an important role in maintaining the unity of the operation and creative independence. He was so enthusiastic and sometimes his enthusiasm prolong the arguments with other members in their group.

Sir Michael Palin met his Python writing counterpart Jones at The University of Oxford. They also wrote a series called Ripping Yarns together. After Flying Circus, Palin was on-air on Saturday Night Live 4 times in the first 10 seasons. His comedy output started to decline in the number along with the success increased for his travel documentaries ( on the BBC). Palin published Michael Palin Diaries 1969–1979, a book of Python diaries. He was received the award a kindhood in the 2019 New Year Honours by Buckingham Palace on December 2018.

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The Philosophers’ Football Match

The philosophers’ football match is a television skit of the Monty Python comedy group that was broadcast by WDR in 1972 in Monty Python’s Flying Circus show. Philosophers “fight” in a soccer match. Sounds interesting, right?

This is a play about the fictional soccer final of the 1972 Summer Olympics which takes place at the Munchen Olympic Stadium between the “German philosopher football team” and the “Greek philosopher football team”. In 1982, the play was included in the Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl series.

According to commentators, the German team in the semi-final defeated England with the famous trio of midfielders Jeremy Bentham, John Locke and Thomas Hobbes. In the game, instead of playing football, the philosophers played in a circle while thinking about philosophy, which confused Franz Beckenbauer, the only true footballer. In the match Nietzsche was shown a yellow card after criticizing the referee – Confucius. The only goal of the match was scored by Socrates in the 89th minute with a header from a cross from Archimedes. Karl Marx objected to the goal because he thought Socrates was in offside.

The list of comedians is as follows: John Cleese as Archimedes, Eric Idle as Socrates, Graham Chapman as Friedrich Hegel, Michael Palin as Friedrich Nietzsche, Terry Jones as Karl Marx and Terry Gilliam as Immanuel Kant.

Germany team: Gottfried Leibniz, Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Hegel (captain), Arthur Schopenhauer, Friedrich Schelling, Franz Beckenbauer, Karl Jaspers, Karl Schlegel, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Friedrich Nietzsche and Martin Heidegger.

Greek team: Platon, Epictetus, Aristoteles, Sophocles, Empedocles, Plotinus, Epicurus, Heraklitus, Democritus, Socrates (captain) and Archimedes.

Germany replaced Wittgenstein with Karl Marx in the second half of the match. The coach of the German team is Martin Luther. The referee of the match is Confucius. The two referees are Thomas Aquinas and Augustine Hippo.

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Cheapy and Sarcastic Comedy Movies

To describe the Monty Python comedy and the Holy Grail (1975) of Monty Python’s British comedy group within two adjectives, it must be cheap and insidious. But that is not a decry.

Born in 1975 with an extremely tight production budget of $ 220,000, Monty Python and the Holy Grail is always able to laugh at every generation of viewers with crazy, illusory, yet innocent characters. poetry, full of ideas. They are the Don Quixote of an absurd context based on the myth of King Arthur searching for the Holy Grail.

While films of the Middle Ages are always heavily invested in costumes in order to reproduce a lavish atmosphere, Monty Python and the Holy Grail are sarcastic voices when everything in the film appears in a grotesque way.

King Arthur (Graham Chapman) is full of humor while riding on a fantasy horse and using coconuts to make a sound that filters piles for a real horse. The creativity that made everyone laugh was actually derived from the very limited funding, so the crew could not hire horses. Laughter popping out of these scenes comes from the contrast of the act of fantasy riding and the seriousness of the characters. An unreasonable action is done very meticulously. It was amusing because it broke the usual frame of reference, as our imagination about the life of a king is to be extravagant.

Instead of telling a story about finding the Holy Grail, Monty Python and the Holy Grail are a mixture of surreal elements, but don’t make us feel angry. On the contrary, I was extremely pleased with the interpretations in the film. Perhaps the film is inherently absurd.

Terry Gilliam in his debut long film soon showed his mockery when building an extremely meaningless journey with a very tight structure. Although the situations are overlapping; like Man in scene 24, King Arthur’s army or controversy about swallow swallows. Done all is not excessive, they all appear intentionally and go back in the next situation.

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Terrence Vance Gilliam Stroke Before Coming to Cannes

Terry Gilliam, a 71-year-old director of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, currently takes home treatment in London (England) after the illness.

Terrence Vance Gilliam is an English screenwriter, film director, animator, actor, comedian and former member of Monty Python.  Terrence Vance Gilliam was born on May 22, 1940, a veteran British director, with the attention of the films Time Bandits (1981), Brazil (1985), The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988), 12 Monkeys (1995), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009). In addition, he is one of the actors of the popular comedy show Monty Python.

The Guardian site said he had a stroke on May 8, hospitalized for one day. Earlier, Terry Gilliam prepared to attend the Cannes (France) Film Festival, where The Man Who Killed Don Quixote will be closing the concert on May 19 (not competing).

Earlier, Terry Gilliam underwent a series of disputes with Paulo Branco, who had been the producer of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. On April 25, Branco filed a lawsuit, claiming that the film belonged to him and not William. The Portuguese producer asked the Cannes Film Festival to cancel the screening but failed. This is one of the projects with the longest production process in cinema history (starting in 1989), leading to many disagreements in the rights to issue.

Branco cooperated with Gilliam in 2016 when the director needed money to complete the film after years of delay. Under the agreement, Branco will seek funding for the project, while Gilliam will transfer his directorial / screenwriter salary to Branco. However, they disagreed when Branco did not earn enough money and offered Gilliam to film with a smaller budget.

In 2017, the director found a new producer to finish the film. However, Branco said the work was illegally produced by Gilliam not yet terminated his contract. On May 8, Amazon announced the cancellation of its movie release plan due to disputes.

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Monty Python Michael Palin: Comedy Love Producing Movies

Michael Edward Palin became famous when he was a member of Monty Python in the 1970s. Later, he had his own drama, Ripping Yarn, and also appeared in many films such as A Fish Called Wanda. For the past 20 years, he has become very popular as a travel television announcer.

Michael Edward Palin is an English comedian, actor, writer and host. He was born on May 5, 1943 in Broomhill, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire. Michael Edward Palin is the second and only son of Edward Moreton Palin and Mary Rachel Lockhart. His father, a school engineer at Shrewsbury and Cambridge, worked for a steel company. He studied modern history at Brasenose College, Oxford.

He was one of the members of Monty Python comedy group and then made some travel documentaries. Palin writes most comedies with Terry Jones. Before Monty Python, they had many shows like Ken Dodd Show, The Frost Report, and Do Not Adjust Your Set. Michael Edward Palin acted in most of Monty Python’s operas including Argument Clinic, Dead Parrot sketch, The Lumberjack Song, The Spanish Inquisition, and The Fish-Slapping Dance.

Michael Edward Palin continued to work with Terry Jones after leaving Monty Python in order to write Ripping Yarns together. He also starred in many films directed by his Monty Python friend, Terry Gilliam and featured prominently in A Fish Called Wanda. As a result, he won the BAFTA award for the best supporting actor. A survey in 2005 to search for The Comedians’ Comedian title, Michael Edward Palin was voted 30th by comedians and other people in comedy industry.

After Monty Python, he started a new career as a travel writer and travel documentary maker. His journey took him worldwide including North and South Pole, Sahara, Himalaya, Eastern Europe and Brazil. In 2000, Michael Edward Palin was named CBE for his contributions to television. From 2009 to 2012, Michael Edward Palin was president of the Royal Geographic Society. On May 12, 2013, Michael Edward Palin was awarded as a member of The British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the highest award awarded by the organization.

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Billionaire Elon Musk – A Big Fan of Monty Python

With a huge wealth of 13.1 billion dollars, Elon Musk is considered one of the most successful technology entrepreneurs today. However, few people know that he is a big fan of Monty Python. The British comedy group was his great inspiration.

The billionaire introduced a list of 5 inspirational songs to work for him. Monty Python’s song ‘Always look on the bright side of life’ suddenly appears on this list. Elon Musk shared that this song appeared in the movie Monty Python’s Life of Brian and it was obviously a very unhappy song because at that time characters were nailed to the cross. He said that this song will remind us to always remember that we should not pay attention to bad things in life. According to Elon Musk’s concept, he would rather choose optimism and wrong than pessimism and right.

Apart from that, Elon Musk also shocked people by posting tweets about recruitment for Boring Company in a joke style in Monty Python. This is an infrastructure and tunnel construction company founded by this billionaire in 2016.

Not only that, Elon Musk has also shocked the world when using rockets to bring cheese to space. Most of the first test spacecraft launches often did not carry excess goods, because they wanted to ensure safety and did not increase the load at launch. But Elon Musk brought very large cheeses of more than 35 kg onto the first Dragon spacecraft. He revealed that this was inspired by his friends and Monty Python comedy group.

Moreover, Elon Musk built WATCHTOWER outside the Bored Company factory. It should be noted that this is a Monty Python style watchtower outside the office of Musk’s rocket company SpaceX. The billionaire referred to the 1975 comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail. In it, a French guard insulted King Arthur and his soldiers from a castle wall. Therefore, he built this tower in that style.

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Galaxy Song: A Collaberation between Monty Python and Stephen William Hawking

Many people do not know that British genius scientist Stephen William Hawking is not only involved in the film but also music. In 2015, Stephen Hawking collaborated with Monty Python to recreate the song Galaxy Song.

Stephen William Hawking is Britain’s famous physicist, cosmologist, and well-known science book author. Throughout his life, he had many important scientific works for mankind such as the fascinating singular theory in the framework of general relativity or predicting the theory of black holes. He died in 2018 because of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Stephen Hawking’s meaningful life inspired many movies and music.

In 2015, Stephen William Hawking collaborated with comedian Monty Python to recreate the song Galaxy Song. The song is likened to a brief and simple presentation about space science.

The original version of Galaxy Song was composed and sung by Eric Idle and John Du Prez. This song was chosen as the theme song in the movie The Meaning of Life (1983). Later, Monty Python invited Stephen William Hawking to re-write the lyrics based on light and fun pop music. The voice of the brilliant British genius is distributed through the computer.

In addition, Stephen William Hawking also appeared in the music video and has a funny screen with scientist Brian Cox. The record label also released the record as a CD. Galaxy Song music video has many meaningful scenes. In particular, the scene of Stephen Hawking and his wheelchair moving out into space symbolizes his great scientific and cosmic works. Galaxy Song is Step William Hawking’s effort to popularize simple and memorable knowledge of space science to a mass audience.

The lyrics contain brief and memorable scientific information about basic scientific knowledge such as the sun as the source of energy, the earth rotating 900 miles an hour or the sky star moving at speed 1 million miles per day.

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A Monty Python Member Wanted to be Barack Obama’s speechwriter

John Cleese, the star of the legendary Monty Python comedy group, once used to want to write a speech for Barack Obama if he won the Democratic nomination to run for president.

In the presidential election, Barack Obama received a lot of support from all over the country and even many people around the world. Prominent among his supporters was John Cleese, a playwright and comedian under the famous Monty Phyton group in England. John Cleese has declared support for the black American presidential candidate Barack Obama. He said that Obama was the most suitable candidate for the position of US President at that time.

During Obama’s election, Mr. Cleese lived in the United States. He told a local newspaper that his funny stories could help the Illinois Senator fulfill the White House dream. He said he intended to go to Europe in November but he could postpone the plan if Obama won the Democratic nomination ticket. Monty Phyton’s comedy wants to help Barack Obama as a speechwriter because Obama is an outstanding person.

At that time, John Cleese was living in California and only returned to England in May or June when his personal assistant said it was time for him to return. The 68-year-old comedian came to America for health reasons. He had severe pneumonia because the winter in England was too cold.

John Cleese became famous in the 1970s when he was a member of the Monty Python comedy group. The influence of this group on comedy is often compared to the influence of the Beatles in music. One of his famous works in particular and Monty Python is generally the 1979 satirical comedy called “Life Of Brain”. The comedy group criticized the badness of the Roman Empire. In 1987, John Cleese appeared in an advertisement for the Liberal Democrats. This is the 3rd largest party in the UK.

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Monty Python at London Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony

Monty Python had a great performance at the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony. Specifically, Eric Idle performed the song Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life.

The 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony gathers many famous British artists such as George Michael, Muse, Ed Sheeran and more. Among them, the two most expected groups are Monty Python and Spice Girls. The Spice Girls were in full attendance, of course, Victoria Adams – David Beckham’s wife also appeared.

Art director Kim Gavin shared that Monty Python and Spice Girls will bring unique British musical colors. According to music director David Amold, they will bring to the London Olympic Games a spirit both extreme and humorous. In addition, the atmosphere will also be a bit romantic and emotional.

Eric Idle from Monty Python has brought a humorous British atmosphere. In the opening, he wanted to be shot out of a cannon. However, it does not work. Eric Idle conducted a performance among a crowd of nuns. The song Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life is very attractive. This is a familiar melody from Life Of Brian – a famous comedy troupe’s film.

During his performance at the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony, Monty Python comedy team member still kept the lyrics “Life’s a piece of shit when you look at it”. The audience heard this sentence when watching live and lived-stream of NBC. However, NBC Television cut this sentence before broadcasting to audiences.

Not only performed at the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony but Always Look on the Bright Side of Life also resounded in the 2014 World Cup. Recognizing the lack of optimism around England’s chances of going deeper into the next round, Monty Python added a piece from the Life of Brian soundtrack to this song. It was originally composed to encourage a young man who was mistaken for the Messiah when he was suspended on a cross but now has become a famous song that everyone in a large stadium must sing along.

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