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Comedy Writers

When the Oxford tour bus travels down the High Street, the guide will usually point out University College, where the young Percy Shelley wrote The Necessity of Atheism and was sent down for his radical opinions. And opposite, he will say, is Teddy Hall - where Terry Jones read English in the Sixties, and Monty Python was born.

Python legend Terry Jones is not the only comedian to have trodden the boards here. The college's line of great comic writers has included Al Murray (1987, Modern History) and Stewart Lee (1986, English), whose career as a stand-up comedian started while he was here in the Eighties and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in 2012 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to comedy. 

Comedy writers who have studied at the Hall include:

“If you want to write – write!”
Terry Jones