Publicity photo of the Monty Python troupe in 1969.
|Format||TV, film, theatre, audio|
|Run dates||1969-74 (TV)|
|Country of origin||UK|
Monty Python (sometimes known as the Pythons) were a British comedy group that created the influential Monty Python's Flying Circus, a British television comedy sketch show that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969, and lasted for four series, concluding in 1974. The Python phenomenon developed from the television series into stage shows, films, albums, books, and a stage musical, as well as launching the members to individual stardom.
The original television series was conceived, written and performed by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. They were a self-contained comedy team responsible for both writing and performing their work. Loosely structured as a sketch show but with an innovative stream-of-consciousness approach (aided by Gilliam's animation), Monty Python's Flying Circus pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable in style and content. The Pythons' creative control allowed them to experiment with form and content, discarding previously established rules of television comedy.
- Taken from the Wikipedia article on Monty Python.