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Monty Python

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A television series by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin.

45 episodes of the sketch based, anarchic show were broadcast by the BBC from 1969 to 1974.

Often not very funny but lurking between shit skits was humour that frankly had the same effect on comedy as the Beatles had on music.

Sketches like Dead Parrot, Cheese shop, Lumberjack song, Spanish Inquisition and Spam spam spam etc changed the way that humour was perceived forever and paved the way for much funnier comedians than Jimmy and Brucie.

Created the funniest movie ever in Life of Brian with the added bonus that it pisses the "up themselves, devout religious types" off big time. Proves that god (should he, she, it, them exist) must indeed have a sense of humour else lightning bolts would have been the order of the day for the Pythons.