Monty Python alumnus Graham Chapman was honored 23-years after his death with a memorial plaque fixed outside of a pub that the comedian often frequented in life. The honorary plaque seems an appropriate reflection on the life of Chapman, remembering him first and foremost as “a very naughty boy.”
Celebrating the late Chapman, fellow Monty Python troublemakers Michael Palin and Terry Jones unveiled the plaque commemorating the comedian during a memorial held at his “manor,” the Angel Pub in Highgate, reports the BBC. Chapman is most notable for his portrayal of King Arthur in the 1974 cult classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail and for playing the title character in 1979′s Monty Python’s Life of Brian. Chapman died from cancer in 1989.
The plaque makes many references to Chapman’s career with Monty Python, and humorously quips that he “drank here often and copiously.”
Palin and Jones were joined in celebration of Chapman’s life by former colleagues Barry Cryer and Carol Cleveland.
“This was Graham’s manor and Graham was a lovely guy,” said Palin. “I spent many happy times with him, most of which I forget. This was where he was and we used to come up here to see him. Highgate was his patch and he should be celebrated because he was a very good, brilliant, funny, nice, wise, kind man, who occasionally drank too much.”
Cryer called Chapman “one of my best mates.”
“We did an awful lot of writing together, but also an awful lot of drinking together. I think the pub is the perfect place to put the plaque. Very Graham, very silly.”
For our own commemoration of Chapman’s life and death, here is a clip from Monty Python and the Holy Grail featuring Chapman as King Arthur fighting the Black Knight (the famous “it’s just a flesh wound” scene):