The Inside Scoop On Monty Python’s Flying Circus

Monty Python’s Flying Circus was a popular British sketch comedy show that launched in 1969. It had such a big following that there’s even an asteroid named after the comedy troupe (Asteroid 13681 is called “Monty Python”). The show starred Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. Read on for little-known facts and where the cast is now.

Not Really a Circus

The first episodes of the show were filmed in front of an older audience, who thought they were seeing an actual circus. Needless to say, they were very confused by the program, which didn’t generate as many laughs as the Pythons wanted.

The cast decided to invite friends and family to watch the tapings so their jokes would get the expected reactions from the audience. Some of their jokes were so bawdy the network censored them.