Terry Jones ist im Alter von 77 Jahren nach langer Krankheit gestorben.
“Terry passed away on the evening of 21 January 2020 at the age of 77 with his wife Anna Soderstrom by his side after a long, extremely brave but always good humoured battle with a rare form of dementia, FTD.
“Over the past few days his wife, children, extended family and many close friends have been constantly with Terry as he gently slipped away at his home in north London. We have all lost a kind, funny, warm, creative and truly loving man whose uncompromising individuality, relentless intellect and extraordinary humour has given pleasure to countless millions across six decades.
Über Monty Python muss man in diesem Blog keine Worte verlieren. Der Mann spielte jede Menge der bekanntesten Rollen der legendären Comedy-Truppe – von Mr. Creosote, der kotzend in einem Restaurant platzte; Sir Bedevere, der den beknackten Franzosen ein trojanisches Pferd in den Burghof rollerte; bis zu Mandy Cohen, die Gold essende Mutter von Brian –, und führte Regie bei den drei bekanntesten Monty Python-Filmen (Ritter der Kokosnuss, Leben des Brian und Sinn des Lebens). Ich habe Monty Pythons Ritter der Kokosnuss mit circa 10 Jahren gesehen und habe die Filme seitdem dutzendfach gesehen, von einzelnen Clips und schnellen Zitaten mal ganz abgesehen.
Ich schätze mal, ich werde die Leute auch 2050 noch mit hochgepitchten Terry Jones-Stimm-Imitationen nerven und „Brian mach Dein Zimmer sauber!“ rufen. Mach’s gut, Terry, und danke für die Otternasen!
In 1969, Palin and Jones joined Cambridge graduates Cleese and Graham Chapman – along with Idle and animator Terry Gilliam – on a BBC comedy sketch show. Eventually broadcast under the title Monty Python’s Flying Circus, it ran until 1974, with Jones largely writing with Palin (complementing Cleese’s partnership with Chapman). Seemingly chaotic, frequently surreal and formally daring, Monty Python’s Flying Circus would became one of the most influential shows in BBC history, revolutionising comedy formats, spawning scores of catchphrases, and inspiring an entire generation of comedians. Jones’s fondness for female impersonation was a key feature of the show, as was his erudite writing.
However, Jones was becoming more interested in directing. He later told the Guardian: “You not only act in the things – you’ve got to actually start directing the things as well. When we were doing Python the TV show, I was a real pain in the neck.” After the sketch-compilation feature And Now for Something Completely Different (released in 1971 with the ultimate intention of breaking the show in the US), the troupe embarked on an original film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Jones got his chance to direct, in conjunction with Gilliam. He was very much signed up to Python’s democratic instinct: “If all six of us laughed at something, then we all felt, ‘That’s OK, we can go ahead with that.’ And, for me, it was just a question of getting that on the screen, getting that moment of us sitting around the read-through, that moment where we all laughed.”