Terry Jones of the Monty Python troupe has died.
Just a couple of days ago, my brother was telling me how his young children had just discovered Monty Python, and were laughing hysterically at The Upper Class Twit of the Year Competition — a bit of social satire that’s even more relevant now than when the Pythons created it 50 (!) years ago.
I myself discovered Monty Python as a teenager, when it was being aired on PBS in the mid-1970s. All these years later I still consider it the most consistently funny and subversive comedy created in its time, or really any time. The troupe’s work remains a shining light in a world in which we constantly see the violence inherent in the system, while being subjected to farcical aquatic ceremonies etc.