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THE DEAD PYTHON SKETCH:

- September 8th, 2012

The Monty Python gang’s predilection for mordant humour apparently doesn’t stop at dead parrots.
There was John Cleese’s actually quite sweet, “Good riddance to him, the freeloading bastard. I hope he fries,” eulogy for Graham Chapman in 1989.
There was Eric Idle’s tribute at George Harrison’s funeral, in which he began by acknowledging Marlborough, “without whom we wouldn’t be here today.”
And this weekend at TIFF, Bill Jones (Terry Jones’ son), Jeff Simpson and Ben Timlet – co-directors of the tribute film A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story Of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman – posed for TV interviews with tobacco pipes. Pipe-smoking was a personal trademark of Chapman, who died of throat cancer in 1989.

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