R.I.P., Terry Jones

One of our family jokes is, “’Ee’s not the Messiah, ’ee’s a very naughty boy!”

That was only one of the innumerable killer lines delivered over the years by Terry Jones, who died at home Tuesday. He was 77, and had suffered from primary progressive aphasia, a cruel disease that stripped him of his marvelous powers of communication.

As a member of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Jones generally wrote with Michael Palin, co-directed “Holy Grail” and “Meaning of Life” with Terry Gilliam, and flew solo as director for “Life of Brian,” which gave us that family gag we use so often.

Condolences, peace, and egg and spam; egg bacon and spam; egg bacon sausage and spam; spam bacon sausage and spam; spam egg spam spam bacon and spam; spam sausage spam spam bacon spam tomato and spam, or Lobster Thermidor au Crevette with a Mornay sauce served in a Provençale manner with shallots and aubergines garnished with truffle pâté, brandy and with a fried egg on top, and spam, to Jones, his family, the surviving Pythons (“Two down*, four to go,” notes John Cleese), and their friends and fans.

* Cleese forgot to count the Seventh Python, Neil Innes. No spam for him.

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4 Responses to “R.I.P., Terry Jones”

  1. khal spencer Says:

  2. Libby Says:

    Our local PBS station broadcast their shows so I knew them before the movies. So the Pythons informed my adult life from the very beginning to this day. My siblings and I could always reference bits and lines from the show. You have already mentioned the spam sketch – one of my favorites. Another favorite is “The North Minehead Bye-Election.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I think I first made the Pythons’ acquaintance in 1973 via their “Matching Tie and Handkerchief” album. I was already deep into The Firesign Theatre, so it seemed a natural progression.

      When I went back to college in Greeley we got the full treatment starting in ’74, thanks to PBS.

      I got to see the Firesigns once, in Denver, but never the Pythons, alas.

  3. ryansubike Says:

    The “he’s not the messiah” line is my favorite Terry J line ever, RIP to a very funny man.

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