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Terry Jones, RIP

LONDON — Terry Jones, a founding member of the Monty Python comedy troupe and a beloved comedian, screenwriter, film director, poet, historian and author, died Jan. 21 at his home here. He was 77.

He famously played the awful Mr. Creosote in the movie “Monty Python’s Meaning of Life,” who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 111- MOON ZERO TWO.

The Hollywood Reporter has the story.

27 Replies to “Terry Jones, RIP”

  1. jay
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    I wonder if his funeral caisson will be pulled by a team of coconut clackers? RIP

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  2. goalieboy82
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    this is what they wrote on Monty Python Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/MontyPython/photos/a.274482429386287/1529328673901650/?type=3&theater

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  3. goalieboy82
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    jay:
    I wonder if his funeral caisson will be pulled by a team of coconut clackers?RIP

    LOL!

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  4. goalieboy82
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    NSFW
    Mr. Creosote
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdJcWvxEULQ

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  5. supernaturalcat
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    Only the second Monty Python alumnus to depart our dimension. I can recall days of my youth when my friends and I would try to get back in on a Fri or Sat night if we knew public TV was going to run some Flying Circus episodes, or Holy Grail!!! (this was before cable TV)

    RIP and Godspeed into the beyond, Terry!

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  6. Chazzzbot
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    I caught Monty Python’s Flying Circus on IFC a couple weeks ago. I hadn’t watched in years, but, how did it get even funnier with the number of times I’ve watched? I was in tears!

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  7. Terry the Sensitive Knight
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    RIP Sir Bedevere

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  8. jjk50
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    Monty Python, a truly inventive, original comedy troupe. They were one of a kind and Terry Jones was a big reason why they were.

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  9. mst3kme
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    From John Cleese’s Twitter:

    https://twitter.com/JohnCleese/status/1219979583719690241

    Dementia is a horrible disease. I wouldn’t wish it anyone.

    It’s sad that his last film, as well as the last gathering of the “Monty Python” troupe, was the movie “Almost Anything,” which was also Robin Williams’ final feature.

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  10. The Original EricJ
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    mst3kme:
    It’s sad that his last film, as well as the last gathering of the “Monty Python” troupe, was the movie “Almost Anything,” which was also Robin Williams’ final feature.

    Terry Jones was…not a great film director/screenwriter (I was never that 80’s-smitten with “Labyrinth”), but good at just about everything else–Compare his original children’s-book of “Erik the Viking” to his overdone Gilliam-wannabe comedy version for a start.

    And if you’ve never seen his BBC “Medieval Lives” history series (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iO7YZr1U6jU ), it just underlines why Python could only have come out of the Oxford and Cambridge student clubs. The Pythons’ original idea for “Holy Grail” was to do just the sketches that became two of the Fourth Season episodes (complete with Michael Ellis buying an ant at Harrod’s), but Terry pushed for an actual King Arthur plot.

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  11. DarkGrandmaofDeath
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    supernaturalcat:
    I can recall days of my youth when my friends and I would try to get back in on a Fri or Sat night if we knew public TV was going to run some Flying Circus episodes, or Holy Grail!!! (this was before cable TV)

    RIP and Godspeed into the beyond, Terry!

    I did that, too, supernaturalcat, usually late Saturday nights here. My parents did not get Monty Python’s humor…like, at all. Naturally, I loved them.

    Terry Jones had such a lovely, versatile voice, rich and resonant yet incredibly screechy and piercing in some of the sketches. I was very happy, 10 or so years ago, to discover that he was in the series Do Not Adjust Your Set, along with Michael Palin, Eric Idle (and the Bonzo Dog Dooh Dah Band). DNAYS preceded Python by a few years, but was more of a children’s show. Still, it was fun to see some of the Pythons in a different setting.

    I’ll sing the Spam song tonight while remembering Mr. Jones.

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  12. goalieboy82
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    DarkGrandmaofDeath: I did that, too, supernaturalcat, usually late Saturday nights here.My parents did not get Monty Python’s humor…like, at all.Naturally, I loved them.

    Terry Jones had such a lovely, versatile voice, rich and resonant yet incredibly screechy and piercing in some of the sketches.I was very happy, 10 or so years ago, to discover that he was in the series Do Not Adjust Your Set, along with Michael Palin, Eric Idle (and the Bonzo Dog Dooh Dah Band). DNAYS preceded Python by a few years, but was more of a children’s show.Still, it was fun to see some of the Pythons in a different setting.

    I’ll sing the Spam song tonight while remembering Mr. Jones.

    Do Not Adjust Your Set is one of those shows you can see where the show got it start (along with At Last the 1948 Show and That Was the Week That Was too)

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  13. The Original EricJ
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    jay:
    I wonder if his funeral caisson will be pulled by a team of coconut clackers?RIP

    And the organist will be clothing-optional.

    goalieboy82: Do Not Adjust Your Set is one of those shows you can see where the show got it start (along with At Last the 1948 Show and That Was the Week That Was too)

    Among other things, you can see that Terry’s “Pepperpot Game Show Contestant” sketch (“What is the main food that penguins eat?”) was originally written for Tim Brooke-Taylor on ALT1948S…Although Terry’s was funnier.

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  14. Kenneth Morgan
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    Sad news, indeed. A large part of my younger days was spent memorizing Python sketches.

    I’m a little surprised no one has mentioned “The Dirty Vicar Sketch”.

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  15. The Original EricJ
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    Kenneth Morgan:
    Sad news, indeed.A large part of my younger days was spent memorizing Python sketches.
    I’m a little surprised no one has mentioned “The Dirty Vicar Sketch”.

    I…don’t think that’s one of the sketches they’d carve on his tombstone.

    Now, his loving homage to Jacques Tati/M. Hulot’s Holiday in the “Undressing at the Beach” sketch, OTOH: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5v0vfk (At 5:29, because nobody’s allowing a decent YouTube clip of it.)

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  16. TorgosPizzaNJ
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    Arthur “Two Sheds” Jackson, R.I.P.

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  17. privateiron
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    My favorite Python. RIP

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  18. privateiron
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    “Of his many achievements, for me the greatest gift he gave us all was his direction of ‘Life of Brian’. Perfection” John Cleese

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  19. radioman970
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    The first time he died was in Jabberwocky. Spectacular, that was!

    Will miss the living hell out of TJ. Now there’s only one Terry Python. And he had a stroke not long ago. Take care of yourselves guys, the worlds needs all the funny it can get!!

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  20. radioman970
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    Oh! the first time me and dad happened upon Python, we saw the one with TJ trying to change into swimming trunks. We laughed so hard!

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  21. radioman970
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    supernaturalcat:
    Only the second Monty Python alumnus to depart our dimension. I can recall days of my youth when my friends and I would try to get back in on a Fri or Sat night if we knew public TV was going to run some Flying Circus episodes, or Holy Grail!!! (this was before cable TV)

    RIP and Godspeed into the beyond, Terry!

    Technically it’s 3. Neil Innes died back in December and he was on the show a lot. Did many music moments, along with Eric Idle.

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