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Happy 40, Monty!

Oct. 5, 2009by: Tony Lang
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Python 40th Poster

October 5th, 1969 at 10:55pm, British TV audiences, albeit not a lot of them then, heard an announcer come onto BBC1 and forever change their cultural landscape with 6 simple words: "And now, for something completely different." And different, they were.

It was 40 years ago on this day that John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Eric Idle and the incomparable Terry Gilliam took to the airwaves under the name Monty Python's Flying Circus.

There's way to much to be said about their genius and influence, so might as well let the great Eric Idle sum it up in his own words, as published on the group's official site RIGHT HERE. The IFC Channel will also be airing a 6-part documentary, "Monty Python: Almost The Truth", from October 18 to 23rd before going on shelves Oct. 26. As for me, here's my own little tribute:

Extra Tidbit: Graham Chapman passed away 20 years ago yesterday, Oct 4th 1989. John Cleese adapted the "Ex Parrot" bit for his eulogy to him.
Source: Pythonline

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10:53AM on 10/05/2009
Some of the best comedy in history. A truly remarkable show I grew up on.
Some of the best comedy in history. A truly remarkable show I grew up on.
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10:47AM on 10/05/2009
"Sorry, 'fraid we're fresh out of parrots....I've got a slug, though."

"A slug. I see. And, does it talk?"

"......Not really."

"WELL IT'S SCARCELY A REPLACEMENT THEN, ISN'T IT!!?"
"Sorry, 'fraid we're fresh out of parrots....I've got a slug, though."

"A slug. I see. And, does it talk?"

"......Not really."

"WELL IT'S SCARCELY A REPLACEMENT THEN, ISN'T IT!!?"
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10:01AM on 10/05/2009
hilarious.

im sadly not a watcher of monty python yet. Ive been wanting to buy a set of theirs and watch their movies, but I never get around to it. I will be though soon, :)
hilarious.

im sadly not a watcher of monty python yet. Ive been wanting to buy a set of theirs and watch their movies, but I never get around to it. I will be though soon, :)
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12:16PM on 10/05/2009
Huttjos check out youtube.com they have their own Monty Python channel therein. Argument clinic is one of the best!
Huttjos check out youtube.com they have their own Monty Python channel therein. Argument clinic is one of the best!
12:48PM on 10/05/2009
Better late than never
Better late than never
2:44PM on 10/05/2009
"Argument clinic is one of the best!"

No it isn't.
"Argument clinic is one of the best!"

No it isn't.
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1:02AM on 10/06/2009

"I didn't expect a kind of Spanish Inquisition..."

"NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition!"

Long live Monty Python!

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"NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition!"

Long live Monty Python!

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11:01PM on 10/05/2009

"IT'S......"

Stupendously hilarious! Remarkably genius! Undeniably deniable! ?
Stupendously hilarious! Remarkably genius! Undeniably deniable! ?
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3:14PM on 10/05/2009
Monty Python FTW!
Monty Python FTW!
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