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(sometimes known as The Pythons) is a group of six comedians
who created Monty Python's Flying Circus, a British television
comedy sketch show that first aired on the BBC on October 5,
1969. Forty-five episodes were made over four series. The
Python phenomenon developed from the original television series
into something much larger in scope and impact, spawning
touring stage shows, five films, numerous albums, several books
and a stage musical, and launching the members to individual
stardom. The group's influence on comedy has often been
compared to The Beatles' influence on
television series, broadcast by the BBC from 1969 to 1974, was
conceived, written and performed by 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 Terry
Gilliam's animations), it pushed the boundaries of what was
then considered acceptable, both in terms of style and
self-contained comedy team responsible for both writing and
performing their work, they changed the way performers
entertained audiences. The Pythons' creative control allowed
them to experiment with form and content, discarding the
established rules of television comedy. Their influence on
British comedy of all kinds has been apparent for many years,
while in America it has coloured the work of many 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
differing accounts of the origins of the Python name although
the members agree that its only "significance" was that they
thought it sounded funny. In the 1998 documentary Live At Aspen
the group implied that "Monty" was selected as a gently-mocking
tribute to Field Marshal Lord Montgomery, a legendary British
general of World War II; requiring a "slippery-sounding"
surname, they settled on "Python". On other occasions Idle has
claimed that the name "Monty" was that of a popular and rotund
fellow who drank in his local pub; people would often walk in
and ask the barman, "Has Monty been in yet?", forcing the name
to become stuck in his mind. The name Monty Python was
envisaged by the team as being the perfect name for a sleazy
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