It is sad news for lovers of British humour as one of the founder members of the Monty Python’s Flying Circus crew (an off-the-wall comedy show of the 1970s) that comedian, historian, director and actor Terry Jones died on Tuesday.
A Welshman, Jones’ comedy career began with Michael Palin when he joined the Oxford Review while studying history at Oxford University. The pair teamed up with Eric Idle, John Cleese, Graham Chapman and Terry Gilliam and formed the Python troupe. Jones was diagnosed with a form of dementia just five years ago.
Most famously, Jones played the part of Brian’s mum in the irreverent comedy film The Life of Brian and uttered the famous line, “He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy!”
British comedy will be poorer for the loss.