Monty Python Beyond Monty Python

I wasn't born when Monty Python had their glory days. Hell, Monty Python had been finished for over a decade by the time that I was born, but that didn't stop me from seeing everything that they have put out.

I grew up on a steady stream of Flying Circus, and when I was immature enough, the great films that they made. Recently, during one of my weekly reminiscing hours, I found myself thinking about Monty Python and what had happened to them after their careers as comedy gods.

What follows here is a list of what I consider landmark (very loosely defined) performances by the Python Members outside of Monty Python related items.

Graham Chapman: Mostly Dead

Since 1989? Not a whole lot.

John Cleese: Not Dead Yet

John Cleese has an active acting career, having had no trouble remaining a force in the industry.

Of course, where would we be without his incredible performance as Jean-Bob in 1994s The Swan Princess. He defined the frog genre for years to come.

 This was the first example of not needing Motion Capture to really get John Cleese's emotions down.

This was the first example of not needing Motion Capture to really get John Cleese's emotions down.

Of course, Jean-Bob was not to be outdone by Cleese's wonderful appearance as Albert the Magic Pudding, in the 2000 film The Magic Pudding.

 This is a film. Not a cereal box, but a feature film.

This is a film. Not a cereal box, but a feature film.

Of course, there are the smaller roles he had, being the King in Shrek 2 and 3, Nearly Headless Nick in Harry Potter, Q in a number of James Bond Movies, and of course, as himself in The Entourage.

Terry Gilliam: Half-Dead

Terry Gilliam could be considered a genius of directing, if the world operated as a whole under a strong surrealist tilt. As it is, he does make some damn good movies.

Take for example, the first film in the 'Baron' trilogy (the other two films still remain unreleased). It created an incredible world that lead to such strong critiques of the soviet union in the later two films.

 Terry Gilliam may or may not like the Soviet Union. That opinion is solely of the writers.

Terry Gilliam may or may not like the Soviet Union. That opinion is solely of the writers.

This film, however does not compare to the sheer star-power that Gilliam managed to gather in his 2006 film The Brothers Grimm. With brilliant actors like Barbora Lukesová, Marika Sarah Procházková, and some great small roles by Heath Ledger and Matt Damon. Truly, The Brothers Grimm is a shining star lighting the way for the Czech Republic.

We expect to see great things from this young director yet!

Eric Idle: Ehhhhh

Currently owned by Disney, he bounces between Television shows and half-baked films. Sometimes he is rented out to Dreamworks or Universal, but Walt is careful to make sure they don't damage Eric Idle.

 Yep. That's Eric Idle. English Victim.

Yep. That's Eric Idle. English Victim.

Terry Jones: Alive and Running for President

Terry Jones is a Christian pastor from Gainesville, Florida. He wrote the book 'Islam is the Devil' which graced international news agencies with a public interest story and is currently running as an independent for the 2016 American Presidential election.
 

 Trump vs. Terry Jones...I'll go with the former Python.

Trump vs. Terry Jones...I'll go with the former Python.

Michael Palin: Narrating Clangers.

                                                                                                 Clangers.

                                                                                                Clangers.

So in summary, what have they become? Living legends, who have fallen from grace. Well, except for Terry Jones, he's doing quite well for himself right now.

A game designer, producer, production designer, writer and editor, Jason has dipped his toes into many creative fields, perhaps too many. He lives in Toronto, writing, making games and thinking about dogs. Follows Jason on Twitter at @jwestonwong.