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From Loving Monty Python’s Flying Circus to Becoming Its Number One Fan in the World
My story is about how I became known as the number one fan of Monty Python, the highly celebrated comedy troupe which began life as Monty Python’s Flying Circus, a British TV comedy sketch series written and performed by six highly educated and brilliant young men: Terry Jones and Michael Palin, who were Oxford University graduates; Eric Idle, John Cleese, and Graham Chapman, who attended Cambridge University; and American-born Terry Gilliam, an Occidental College graduate.
The show was broadcast by the BBC from 1969 to 1974. It broke all the rules, had no punch lines, they abandoned sketches when they felt like it, and the opening or closing titles could appear at any point in each episode! The humour was intellectual, strange, surreal, and brilliantly bonkers and was, essentially, a stream of consciousness, especially Gilliam’s very peculiar cut-out animations, which often linked sketches together. It is claimed that Monty Python is the most influential comedy act of all time, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if that were true. They are referred to as the Beatles of comedy for good reason.
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