And Now for Something Completely Different

By | Oct 5, 2008

Monty Python’s Flying Circus debuted on BBC TV on October 5, 1969. The sketch comedy show was the first step to fame for the comedy group and its members Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. All who was involved in its conception and its writing.

The show brought the group together and the show’s name was created after production began. At first it was called Flying Circus, but it was decided that more was needed and after much discussion the name Monty Python was selected mainly because it sounded funny.

Since there wasn’t money left over for a theme song it was decided to use The Liberty Bell March by John Phillip Sousa. The song was already in the public domain and could be used free of royalties.

The first show called Whither Canada? featured the sketches; It’s Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Italian Lesson; Whizzo Butter; “It’s the Arts”; Arthur ‘Two Sheds’ Jackson; Picasso/Cycling Race and The Funniest Joke in the World.

There were Forty-five episodes made over four series seasons lasing from 1969 to 1974.

Even though John Cleese left after the end of the third season, he returned to the group in the 4 full length motion pictures made between 1975 and 1983.


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