Join us next Oct. 17 as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of the most influential comedy groups of all time. Monty Python is a British surreal comedy group who created the sketch comedy television show Monty Python’s Flying Circus, which first aired on the BBC in 1969. Broadcast by the BBC between 1969 and 1974, Monty Python’s Flying Circus was conceived, written and performed by its members Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. Loosely structured as a sketch show, but with an innovative stream-of-consciousness approach aided by Gilliam’s animation, it pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable in style and content.

The Python phenomenon developed from the television series into something larger in scope and impact, including touring stage shows, films, numerous albums, several books and musicals. The Pythons’ influence on comedy has been compared to the Beatles’ influence on music. Regarded as enduring icons of 1970s pop culture, their sketch show has been referred to as being “an important moment in the evolution of television comedy.”

So, come as your favorite character and play trivia to win nerdy prizes as we celebrate our love for coconut horses, silly walks and the mad men that shaped our minds with their hilarious antics. Come enjoy complementary snacks and refreshments, decorate a dead parrot and quote all your favorite lines during “A Very Silly Evening, Indeed,” which is part of the ongoing “BBC at the CMMC” series run by the Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County and the Crawfordsville District Public Library. The festivities will start at 7 p.m. on Oct. 17 at the Carnegie Museum. With free admission there’s no excuse for not coming to join in with the festivities — but this event is definitely for mature crowds, as we will be enjoying a cash bar.

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