Happy 40, Monty!
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.|