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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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