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Monty Python stars voice characters in 'Absolutely Anything'

Monty Python stars voice characters in 'Absolutely Anything'

LONDON, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Terry Jones is to direct a British animated feature film featuring the voice talents of several of his fellow Monty Python troupe members.
Monty Python adds five more shows to reunion residency

Monty Python adds five more shows to reunion residency

LONDON, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- The famed Monty Python comedy troupe announced Wednesday it has added five more shows to its upcoming residency at London's O2 Arena.
Monty Python adds more dates for stage show

Monty Python adds more dates for stage show

LONDON, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- The British comedy troupe Monty Python announced Monday its planned one-off stage show at London's O2 Arena will now be a five-night residency.

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Monty Python stars plan live stage show in London July 1

Monty Python stars plan live stage show in London July 1

LONDON, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- The surviving members of the iconic British comedy troupe Monty Python have announced plans for a live stage show at London's O2 Arena July 1.
Monty Python will announce reunion at Thursday press conference

Monty Python will announce reunion at Thursday press conference

Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Monty Python members Terry Jones, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin will reunite for stage show.
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Monty Python members to reunite for stage show

Monty Python members to reunite for stage show

LONDON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Terry Jones told the BBC he and fellow surviving members of the British comedy troupe Monty Python are reforming for a stage show.
Producer wins 'Spamalot' lawsuit against Python members

Producer wins 'Spamalot' lawsuit against Python members

LONDON, July 5 (UPI) -- British producer Mark Forstater has won a London court case involving the rights of "Spamalot," a musical based on the film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."
Michael Palin to star in World War I-set TV movie for BBC

Michael Palin to star in World War I-set TV movie for BBC

LONDON, July 2 (UPI) -- British actor and writer Michael Palin is to star in the World War I-set television movie "The Wipers Times," the BBC announced.
Michael Palin to be presented with BAFTA honor

Michael Palin to be presented with BAFTA honor

LONDON, May 6 (UPI) -- Monty Python comedy troupe member Michael Palin is to be presented with the BAFTA Fellowship at Sunday's Arqiva British Academy Television Awards in London.

Terry Gilliam to direct radical opera in London

LONDON, May 1 (UPI) -- Maverick British director Terry Gilliam, of "Monty Python" comedy fame, will direct his second opera for the English National Opera, the company said Wednesday.

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Academy lists 21 eligible animated movies

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Twenty-one movies are eligible for the Animated Feature Film Oscar, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said in Beverly Hills, Calif.

U.K. budget squeezes salutes to famous

LONDON, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Recognition plaques won't come so easily for famous Britons due to budget cuts, the English Heritage organization said.
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The Python troupe in 1969

Monty Python (sometimes known as The Pythons) was a British surreal comedy group that created the influential Monty Python's Flying Circus, a British television comedy sketch show that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969. Forty-five episodes were made over four series. The Python phenomenon developed from the television series into something larger in scope and impact, spawning touring stage shows, films, numerous albums, several books and a stage musical as well as launching the members to individual stardom. The group's influence on comedy has been compared to The Beatles' influence on music.

The television series, broadcast by the BBC from 1969 to 1974, was conceived, written and performed by 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, they changed the way performers entertained audiences. The Pythons' creative control 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 coloured 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.

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