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Good Riddance

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“Good Riddance” – Graham A. Chapman – Bio

“Good Riddance” – Graham A. Chapman
Born January 8, 1941 – Died October 4, 1989
English Comedian/Writer/Actor/One Of The 6 Members Of Monty Python

“Good Riddance” – Background

Chapman was openly homosexual and a strong supporter of gay rights, and was in a relationship with David Sherlock for most of his adult life.

Although Chapman graduated from Emmanuel College, Cambridge and St Bartholomew’s Medical College, he turned down a career as a doctor to be a comedian. Chapman established a writing partnership with John Cleese, which reached its critical peak with Monty Python during the 1970s.

Later, during his college tour, Chapman mentioned that a television audience member had written to the Pythons to complain about having a gay group member, adding that the Bible said any man who lies with a man should be taken out and stoned. With other Pythons already aware of his sexual orientation, Eric Idle jokingly replied that they had found the perpetrator and killed him.

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Chapman took up pipe smoking aged 15, which continued for the remainder of his life. He began drinking heavily during his time at Cambridge and St Bartholomew’s, favouring gin.

By the time Monty Python went on tour in 1973, Chapman’s drinking had begun to affect his performance, missing cues to go on stage. Chapman stopped drinking in Christmas 1977, concerned at being able to act in Life of Brian successfully, and remained sober for the rest of his life.

Chapman died of tonsil and spinal cancer on 4 October 1989, on the eve of Monty Python’s 20th anniversary, and his life and legacy were commemorated at a private memorial service at St Bartholomew’s with the other Pythons.

“Good Riddance” – John Cleese

Although Chapman graduated from Emmanuel College, Cambridge and St Bartholomew’s Medical College, he turned down a career as a doctor to be a comedian. Chapman established a writing partnership with John Cleese, which reached its critical peak with Monty Python during the 1970s.

Chapman was openly homosexual and a strong supporter of gay rights, and was in a relationship with David Sherlock for most of his adult life.

Later, during his college tour, Chapman mentioned that a television audience member had written to the Pythons to complain about having a gay group member, adding that the Bible said any man who lies with a man should be taken out and stoned.

With other Pythons already aware of his sexual orientation, Eric Idle jokingly replied that they had found the perpetrator and killed him.

Chapman took up pipe smoking aged 15, which continued for the remainder of his life.

He began drinking heavily during his time at Cambridge and St Bartholomew’s, favouring gin.

By the time Monty Python went on tour in 1973, Chapman’s drinking had begun to affect his performance, missing cues to go on stage.

Chapman stopped drinking in Christmas 1977, concerned at being able to act in Life of Brian successfully, and remained sober for the rest of his life.


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And Away We Go

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and away we go

Grave Sites – Jackie Gleason – Bio

Jackie Gleason
Born February 26, 1916 – Died June 24, 1987
American Comedian, Actor, Musician

Grave Sites – Jackie Gleason – Note

Jackie Gleason is buried in Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Cemetery in Miami, Florida.

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Despite its size, Jackie Gleason’s tomb is surprisingly anonymous. His name is inscribed on his sarcophagus lid, but you have to walk up into the tomb to see it.

From the outside, the only inscription is the four words that were Gleason’s signature parting line, “And away we go.”

Grave Sites – Jackie Gleason – Brooklyn

Jackie Gleason was born in Brooklyn, New York.

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In one of the many tributes that the world has extolled upon him is a sign that welcomes you to Brooklyn.

… how sweet he was …

Indifference

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On Indifference – Bio

Robin McLaurin Williams
July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014
American actor and comedian.

On Indifference – Robin Williams – Tributes

Robin Williams’ death was instant global news. The entertainment world, friends, and fans responded to his death through social and other media outlets.

His wife, Susan Schneider, said: “I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken.”

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His daughter Zelda Williams responded to his death by stating that the “world is forever a little darker, less colorful and less full of laughter in his absence”.

U.S. President Barack Obama said of Williams: “He was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit.”

On Indifference – Robin Williams – “Patch Adams”

What’s wrong with death sir?

What are we so mortally afraid of?

Why can’t we treat death with a certain amount of humanity and dignity and decency and, god forbid, maybe even humour.

Death is not the enemy gentlemen.

If we’re going to fight a disease, let’s fight one of the most terrible diseases of all.

Indifference.

Your Table Is Ready

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Death is nature’s way of saying ‘Your Table is Ready’

Robin McLaurin Williams
Born July 21, 1951 – Died August 11, 2014
American stand-up comedian and actor

“Your Table Is Ready” – Awards

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Williams won the 1997 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as teacher Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting. He also received two Emmy Awards, seven Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and five Grammy Awards throughout his career.

On August 11, 2014, Williams committed suicide by hanging at his home in Paradise Cay, California.

His wife attributed his suicide to his struggle with Lewy body dementia.

“Not Dying!”

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I wanna live.

I don’t want to die.

That’s the whole meaning of life: … Not dying!

I figured that shit out by myself in the third grade.

“Not Dying!” – George Carlin – Bio

George Denis Patrick Carlin
May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008
American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and social critic.

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