Monty Python’s Flying Circus

December 5th Celebrates Monty Python’s Flying Circus

Today on “Days to Remember” we celebrate how on December 5th 1974, the final episode of Monty Pythons Flying Circus aired on BBC TV.

The show always started there show by saying, “And Now for something completely different,” it mimic the American variety show called Saturday Night Live.

The brainy members of the Python troupe present sketches from the absurd to the obscure, and milk humor out of anything they come across. Just mention the “Dead Parrot” sketch, the “Ministry of Funny Walks” or “Spam,” as Python fans chiming in with the best lines.

Today’s YouTube presentation is the opening theme song to show called, “Monty Pythons Flying Circus,” brought to you by user name Chadner. There’s a small commerical in the beginning of the clip of Jay Leno, which has nothing to do with today’s segment.

Who invented the show called Monty Python Flying Circus?

The Flying Circus was conceived, written, and performed by its members Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin.

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.

Their influence on British comedy has been apparent for years, while in North America, it has colored the work of cult performers from the early editions of Saturday Night Live through to more recent absurdist trends in television comedy. “Pythonesque” has entered the English lexicon as a result.

Why was it called Flying Circus?

The head of comedy at the BBC said that the title had to include the word “Circus”, because the people at the BBC had referred to the six cast members wandering around the BBC offices as a circus, so they added “Flying” to make it sound less like a real circus and more like something out of the first world war.

And in front of that, added “Monty Python” because it sounded like a really bad theatrical agent, adding serpentine snake part of the python creative solution.

What was the name of the theme song for the show?

The theme music is the opening portion of John Philip Sousa’s “Liberty Bell March”. Reportedly, one of the chief reasons was that it was in the public domain, meaning no royalties would have to be paid.

When did the show make its first public performance?

The group formed in 1969 to make what was expected to be a low-key late-night comedy show on the BBC. The members were two friends from Oxford (Michael Palin and Terry Jones), three Cambridge grads (John Cleese, Eric Idle, and Graham Chapman) and an American animator, Terry Gilliam. First broadcast on October 5th 1969.

After its five year run Monty Python Flying Circus ended their show on December 5th 1974, but when on to make several movies, “Life of Brian,” and “The Holy Grail,” to name a few.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell
jdmitchelldesigns@gmail.com

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