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If you look up the word 'pythonesque' in the dictionary (look, maybe you have one passion on this earth, and it's five-foot-long non-venomous snakes)... well, sorry, but you'll be disappointed. The word 'pythonesque' is officially defined as: 'A kind of humour that is absurd and unpredictable.' That's right - in the style of Monty Python.
When Python first premiered in the U.K. in 1969, the nation's jaw dropped. The humour was rebellious: satire wrapped in intellect. And it would pave the way for everything from 'Saturday Night Live' to 'Little Britain'.
A huge reason for that is Terry Jones. I'm sure you remember some of his Python characters: Characters like the morbidly obese Mr. Creosote from 'The Meaning of Life'. Or the mom of a man mistaken for the messiah in 'Life of Brian': ('He's not the messiah! He's a very naughty boy!'). In fact, Terry directed Python's three feature films - 'Life of Brian', 'Holy Grail', and 'The Meaning of Life'. And after the Pythons went their separate ways in the '80s, he launched a successful second career as a medieval historian, prolific author, and social commentator, levelling his aim at the war in Iraq. He even became a father again at the age of 69.
But one thing about Terry that's never changed: his ability to make light of serious issues. When he developed bowel cancer in 2006, Terry teamed up with the late Dr. Robert Buckman on a series of funny and educational health videos. It's just another way for Terry to look on the bright side of life...