Michael Palin

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Gloriously daft: Steve Martin as Dr Hfuhruhurr in The Man with Two Brains

He’s a master of slapstick, a surrealist clown, the don of comic film roles from Roxanne to The Jerk. As he turns 75, comics including Sarah Silverman(...)

Rupert Murdoch in The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty: Benny Hill music to be added later.  Photograph: Tom Pilston

A lot of people have pointed out that the BBC documentary series The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty (BBC2, Tuesday) has much in common with a certain fic(...)

Inane: John Cleese’s remarks have started to take the gloss off his comedy standing. Photograph: James D Morgan/Getty

Near the top of the list of people who should never have been let near Twitter stands John Cleese. Before social media he was regarded, in I(...)

1979: Terry Jones, star of Monty Python’s Flying Circus directed and starred in Monty Python’s Life Of Brian. Photograph: Evening Standard/Getty Images

What The Beatles were to British music, Monty Python were to British comedy and it is no great stretch to view founding member Terry Jones, who has di(...)

Terry Jones: the Monty Python comedian suffered from primary progressive aphasia, which affects the ability to communicate. Photograph: Myung Jung Kim/PA

The Monty Python star Terry Jones has died at the age of 77. The actor and comedian, who had dementia, directed some of the comedy troupe’s most-loved(...)

India Brown, Mackenzie Crook and Thierry Wickens in Worzel Gummidge.  Photograph: Amanda Searle

Eighteen years ago, Mackenzie Crook first arrived on our screens in an ill-fitting suit as Gareth Keenan, the assistant (to the) regional manager in T(...)

Monty Python’s Flying Circus: the group first appeared on the BBC on October 5th, 1969. Photograph: BBC

In a memo sent in 1969, the BBC head of comedy seems to have lost his sense of humour. “Please will you have a word with the writers?” said Michael Mi(...)

Terry Jones, John Cleese, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam dressed as Gumbys. Photograph: Thane Bruckland/PA

They return – it would appear – to a time where no one is the messiah but there is no shortage of naughty boys. Fifty years after the first broadcast(...)

Fortieth-anniversary rerelease: Graham Chapman in Monty Python’s Life of Brian

MICHAEL PALIN Actor, writer We were on a publicity tour in Amsterdam for Monty Python and the Holy Grail when Eric Idle came up with the title Jesus (...)

The expedition has now arrived simultaneously at Cape Disappointment, Delusion Point and Exasperation Bay. Photograph: iStock

One thing you can say for the whole Brexit story is that it is not like buying a piece of furniture in Ikea. You don’t have to construct the sardonic (...)

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