The Monty Python team brought new life to the sketch show format, mostly by breaking it, and creating timeless catchphrases still prevalent from the playground to the lecture hall. The surreal and irreverent tone was unlike anything most people had seen at the time. The team’s success sparked many seperate projects, both in comedy (Fawlty Towers, Ripping Yarns, A Fish called Wanda) and a wide range of other ventures, from history and travel documentaries to feature films (Terry Gilliam had the most success with Brazil, Time Bandits, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas). Graham Chapman died tragically young in 1989, but his contribution is still fondly remembered decades later.

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