Thats a question that its members have wondered for more than 30 years, especially after considering names like Owl Stretching Time, A Horse, A Spoon And A Bass and Toad Elevating Moment.
At one point, the group settled on Bun, Wackett, Buzzard, Stubble And Boot and, as troupe member Terry Jones puts it, everybody seemed quite happy with that.
Except for the bosses at the BBC, who insisted on a sensible name with the words, The Circus, since that had been the shows working title.
The group was forced to hold an 11th-hour meeting where they decided it should be Somebodys Flying Circus.
Jones says John Cleese proposed using a nasty thing, like a python and Eric Idle chimed in with, And maybe his Christian name is like a seedy agent, like Monty.
The rest, of course, is history that can be repeated over and over again, thanks to a new DVD set, The Complete Monty Pythons Flying Circus 16-Ton Megaset, which hits stores today (Sep. 27).
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