In opera[ edit ] An entire cross-dressing genre of operatic roles, called " pants roles ", "trouser roles", or "travesty roles". Although member Terry Jones was most famous for his female characters, all the members have been seen in drag in one sketch or another; members Michael Palin and Eric Idle have been said to look the most feminine, Graham Chapman specialized in screeching, annoying housewives and John Cleese , whom the troupe has said is the most hilarious in drag, appears so extremely unfeminine, with his square chin and six-foot, five-inch frame that it is funny. Boggs , Yasumasa Morimura , and Grayson Perry have also explored cross-dressing. In monarchies where the throne was inherited by male offspring, male descendents of deposed rulers were sometimes dressed as female so that they would be allowed to live. Verka Serduchka , Ukrainian male singer who always performs as a female. Japanese Kabuki theatre began in the 17th century with all-female troupes performing both male and female roles. She nonetheless survived, and there was a huge scandal afterwards, specially since as a man she had become quite famous in the Americas, and because nobody had ever suspected anything about her true sex. Twelfth Night, or What You Will deals extensively with cross-dressing through the female protagonist Viola. Eddie Izzard , a British stand-up comedian and actor, states that he has cross-dressed his entire life. The late actor and singer Harris Glenn Milstead became known for his drag persona, Divine. In the anime Himegoto , the main character, Hime Arikawa, cross-dresses to join the Student Council who promises to pay off the debt created by Hime's parents. Mary Hamilton dressed as a man to learn medicine and later married a woman in In the Kannada movie Bombat Hendthi , a well-known male actor and dancer named Sridar crossdresses. Monty Python's Flying Circus also did a sketch called " The Lumberjack Song ," about a lumberjack who likes to "put on women's clothing and hang around in bars. Joe and Jerry in Billy Wilder 's Some Like It Hot , two struggling musicians, have to dress up as women to escape the ire of gangsters. In her autobiography , she explains in length the various aspects of how she experienced cross-dressing.