Originating as a phrase spoken by John Cleese posing as a newsreader, the words came to be used by various characters as a link between sketches. Monty Python episodes were written and performed by Graham Chapman (1941-1989); John Cleese (b. 1939); Terry Gilliam (b. 1940); Eric Idle (b. 1943); Terry Jones (b. 1942); and Michael Palin (b. 1943).