The Pythons by Graham Chapman
Autobiography by the Pythons

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Over thirty years ago, a group of five Englishmen and one wayward American, re-wrote the rules of comedy. Monty Python's Flying Circus, an unheralded, previously unseen and practically unprogrammed half hour of sketches, hilarities, inanities and animations first appeared on the BBC late one night in 1969. Its impact on the world has been felt ever since.

From its humble beginnings as late night entertainment on a British TV channel that went off the air before midnight, it blossomed into arguably the most influential movement in modern comedy. They found the Holy Grail, they detailed the life of the Savior-also-ran Brian, and when we were lost, they explained The Meaning of Life.

Now, those purveyors of dead parrots and silly walks are going to tell us something more: Their story. In their own, intimate, never before heard words.

The Pythons by The Pythons is the definitive word on all things Pythonesque (the only word invented by a modern comedian which is listed in the Oxford English Dictionary.) 30 years of insight, hindsight, and bad sight - now told for the first time. Stuff they're never remembered before alongside stories they'd forgotten to say, coupled with things they couldn't say then and even more things they can't pronounce now (with a healthy dollop of things they would never have said in the first place if any others had been in the room at the time.)

The Pythons by The Pythons is a unique look at arguably the most important comic team of the modern age, lavishly illustrated with 1000 photographs and illustrations, many culled from the teams' own personal collections, many seen here for the first time. A tome, a tombstone, the definitive word on all things Python, as told by all things Python - do you want Spam with that?

About Graham Chapman

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Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin, were all lifelong (so far) members of Monty Python.Bob McCabe is a writer.
Published October 7, 2003 by Thomas Dunne Books. 368 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The Pythons Autobiography by the Pythons Orion £30, pp360 Some years ago, whenever I recorded a voice-over for television or radio, there were only two directions given by whichever young person was the other side of the glass.

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The accounts and accompanying photographs regarding their experiences and conflicts on Circus and the subsequent motion pictures The Life of Brian , Monty Python and the Holy Grail and The Meaning of Life are captivatingly honest closeups of the creative process;

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Besides the small screen, but especially after the show's demise, the Pythons turned out several feature films including The Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which --- according to Python's website ( --- is to be resurrected as "Spamelot,...

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Entertainment Weekly

There's a rush of reminiscences as these five clever Oxford-Cambridge grads (plus Gilliam) come together via Brit shows such as David Frost's satirical revue ''The Frost Report'' and quite possibly the best-named radio show ever, ''I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again.'' They form the Flying Circus an...

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Having issued all 45 episodes on a 16-disc mega set already, alongside myriad collections of live shows and special editions of all of their films, albums and books, Monty Python would appear to have run out of ways to repackage themselves.

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Spectator Book Club

‘We couldn’t offer you very much, only £20 a week, but you’ll come into the BBC, see what’s going on, you’ll have an office of your own, and get to know television from the inside.’ It was all very avuncular, very clubby.

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