As much as I loved discovering Monty Python in my college years, I think I've watched more episodes of Terry Jones' history documentaries than Monty Python episodes. A lot of of them are on YT, uploaded way back when 480p was the best you could get. I would love to see them again in high quality some day though.
EDIT: Thank you, it is appreciated. Archived.
Anyway, these playlist contains his Medieval Lives series as well as a few about the Romans (I think there were more episodes in that series though). Sadly, his Crusades and Barbarians series have all been blocked. There are also a few other documentaries he hosted - including one about the number one!
A true legend through and through. RIP.
"Of his many achievements, for me the greatest gift he gave us all was his direction of 'Life of Brian'. Perfection"
It's such a shame how badly that man has aged.
Python was very much a group effort, but I think he made an enormous difference behind the scenes.
I probably caught him by surprise, and to be fair, I'm sure Terry was asked that in the past, not John.
I was tempted to not answer you, so you'd imagine that he had a super witty comeback... oh well, it is what it is.
 while I still hope I was the first to ask that question of anyone in their crew, I very must doubt that.
He reasoned that since he's a professional, when he watches another comedian act, he pretty much knows what's going on under the hood. He can predict where a joke is going because there are tried and true formulas, he can see through their pacing, etc. But if a noob cracks one, even if it's a joke he's heard before, he knows there's probably none of the calculation that a pro puts into it. It was a genuine thing, which makes it all the more hilarious to him.
He was a generous laugh, and that's a really admirable trait from a comedy legend.
I've put together a JustGiving page to raise money for the leading charity in this area in the UK, with the hope that in Terry's memory a few people might be able to say thank you with a few quid.
Some Terry Jones quotes:
> "Some people are passionate about aisles, others about window seats."
> "The funny thing about history is that we imagine that people didn't laugh in the old days, but of course they did, at stupid things."
> "Every age sort of has its own history. History is really the stories that we retell to ourselves to make them relevant to every age. So we put our own values and our own spin on it."
> "I'm cheerfully optimistic about life. Optimism is very important!"
We'll try to be optimistic Terry Jones, we'll try and thanks for helping by making us think critically and laugh at the absurdity of things. Always look on the bright side of life.
What did he have to say about reclining seats?
Isn't anyone passionate about center seats?
(The game is a weird relic of a Myst clone that wanted to be a Parser IF game and had delusions/experiments of using early chat bot AI/ML that mostly fall flat.)
(The game was published through traditional book publisher Simon & Schuster, and requiring that novelization was probably the smartest thing they did. I will forever recommend the book.)
Sadly, shortly after that Adams died. I bought "Salmon of Doubt" and it took me almost 10 years to read it because I didn't want to read his final words.
It’s a great way to remember this beautiful man.
Rest in peace.
They are only slightly exaggerated from the war stories you got as a kid.
So long Terry and thank you for making the world a better place.
I enjoy listening to the shows "Dead Ringers" and "The Now Show" on Radio 4 which provide pretty accurate satire of current politics. Other enjoyable comedy sketch shows include "That Mitchell and Webb look" and "Harry and Paul".
There remains hope.
Sadly, many Pythons got old, lost their edge, and wound up wealthy entitled out-of-touch conservative old men - their complaints reflect their own shortcomings more than anything else.
Terry Jones was one of the exceptions, which makes his loss all the sadder.
And hence we now call unwanted emails Spam. RIP Terry
My reading is:
1) Someone (person A) said "He's not the messiah, he's..."
2) Another (person B) thought A meant that Terry Jones played the messiah (Brian) and corrected them by writing "...he's the actor that played his mum".
3) I stepped in to say, I don't think A implied Terry did was the messiah in the movie, he just referenced one of Terry's lines from the movie.
Was there some joke I've missed?
“Analysing comedy is like dissecting a frog. Nobody laughs and the frog dies.”
- Barry Cryer
But I considered it premised on being an (actual, regardless of if being done as a funny quip) correction of the grandparent at the same time.
Let's analyze this further, it's fun!
A world without the Pythons? Not my cuppa tea.
Thanks for the laughs, Terry!
It's funny how Monty Python humor seemed to have struck a chord with a technical audience (of course, not only them).
I wonder what the former-BDFL of Python has to say about it.
For those of you who haven't seen Terry Jones' Medieval Lives, there are episodes on YouTube. Highly recommended.
What a great gift to humanity. I'll revisit his works for the rest of my life.
Borderline impossible if you ever work with Python
But since I came into these comments I learned a lot more about him, and will probably spend the evening watching some of his history docs.
Maybe the article its self isn't gratifying, but the comments usually are.
I really like what Terry Jones created, and I'm sorry that he's gone, but I don't come to Hacker News to read obituaries.