Monty Python (also collectively known as the Pythons) were a British comedy troupe who created the sketch comedy television show Monty Python's Flying Circus, which first aired on the BBC in 1969. Forty-five episodes were made over four series. The Python phenomenon developed from the television series into something larger in scope and influence, including touring stage shows, films, albums, books and musicals. The Pythons' influence on comedy has been compared to the Beatles' influence on music. Regarded as an enduring icon of 1970s pop culture, their sketch show has been referred to as being "an important moment in the evolution of television comedy".Broadcast by the BBC between 1969 and 1974, Monty Python's Flying Circus was conceived, written and performed by its members 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 Gilliam's animation, it pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable in style and content. A self-contained comedy team responsible for both writing and performing their work, the Pythons had creative control which allowed them to experiment with form and content, discarding rules of television comedy. Following their television work, they began making films, including Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Life of Brian (1979) and The Meaning of Life (1983). Their influence on British comedy has been apparent for years, while in North America, it has coloured the work of cult performers from the early editions of Saturday Night Live through to absurdist trends in television comedy. "Pythonesque" has entered the English lexicon as a result.
At the 41st British Academy Film Awards in 1988, Monty Python received the BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema. In 1998, they were awarded the AFI Star Award by the American Film Institute. Many sketches from their TV show and films are well-known and widely quoted. Both Holy Grail and Life of Brian are frequently ranked in lists of greatest comedy films. In a 2005 poll of over 300 comics, comedy writers, producers and directors throughout the English-speaking world to find "The Comedian's Comedian", three of the six Pythons members were voted to be among the top 50 greatest comedians ever: Cleese at No. 2, Idle at No. 21, and Palin at No. 30.
Artist: Monty Python
Label: Virgin EMI Records
Format: LP, Album, Limited Edition, Picture Disc, Reissue
Label: Virgin EMI Records
A1 Bonus Track: The Trailer Of The Film Of Monty Python & The Holy Grail - 2015
A2 Introduction To The Executive Album Edition
A3 Tour Of The Classic Silbury Hill Theatre
A4 Live Broadcast From London Premiere Of The Film
A5 Narration From The Silbury Hill Gentlemen's Room / You're Using Coconuts
A6 Bring Out Your Dead
A7 King Arthur And The Old Woman: A Lesson In Anarcho-Syndicalist Commune Living
A8 A Witch?
A9 A Lesson In Logic
A10 Knights Of The Round Table
A11 The Quest For The Holy Grail
A12 Live From The Parking Lot At The Silbury Hill Theatre
A13 The Castle Of Louis De Lombard: A Strange Person
A14 Bomb Scare
B1 Executive Album Edition Announcement
B2 Another Executive Album Edition Announcement
B3 The Story Of The Film So Far
B4 The Tale Of Sir Robin
B5 The Knights Who Say Ni!
B6 Interview With Filmmaker Carl French
B7 The Tale Of Sir Lancelot: At Swamp Castle
B8 Tim The Enchanter / A Shakespearean Critique
B9 A Foul-Tempered Rabbit
B10 Executive Album Edition Addendum
B11 The Castle Aaargh / The End