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What's your favorite Monty Python sketch or line?

Asked by DWW25921 (6498points) October 1st, 2013

And now for something completely different…

Not everyone likes the Pythons but they did pave the way for other great comedic groups. Kids in the Hall was awesome, for example. I also see a little of the Pythons silly “slap stick” style in the Red Green Show. I would love to know your thoughts!

My favorite sketch has to be the “dead parrot!” “It’s bleeding demised!” That’s just good stuff! My all time favorite line is, “What manner of man are you who can summon up fire without flint nor tinder?” (While the guy randomly blows stuff up and they clap…)

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DWW25921's avatar

@gailcalled I love the silly walks! I see references to that sketch from time to time floating around. True classic!

@WestRiverrat Tee he he he yeah! spam spam spam spam Wonderful SPAM!!!! “I don’t like SPAM!”

@Hawaii_Jake Yup. Mine too!

talljasperman's avatar

It’s just a flesh wound.

Jeruba's avatar

Silly Walks and Dead Parrot for sure, but I think what stays with me the most is simply “And now for something completely different.”

Also Confuse-a-Cat and “Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.”

kritiper's avatar

“You smell like baby bottoms!”

DWW25921's avatar

@talljasperman “But you’ve got an arm off!”

@Jeruba Funny how the Spanish always had English accents…

@kritiper Another classic zinger! I love it!

drhat77's avatar

We shouldn’t be repeating Monty Python because we’re missing the point if you do that.
Although I frequently retort that no one expects the inquisition when something is unexpected at work.

marinelife's avatar

“I wave my private parts at your auntie!”

DWW25921's avatar

@drhat77 Why for you quench my flame? (sigh) “Alright kids, you’re having too much fun! Out of the pool! It’s time for recreational math problems!”

@marinelife YES!!!!!!!!!!!! Bah ha ha ha ha!!!!!

syz's avatar

No one expects the Spanish Inquisition No, not the comfy chair!

Now, if you open it up to include the movies, then definitely Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!

DWW25921's avatar

@Michael_Huntington Meat love… Interesting. I’ll probably watch more.

filmfann's avatar

Spanish Inquisitions and The Lumberjack Song

DWW25921's avatar

@Michael_Huntington That’s one of their earlier sketches… Good stuff!

@filmfann I used to have that memorized…

@gondwanalon I read somewhere once that that’s where the word “morning” came from. Literally waking up in “mourning” to find dead relatives. That could be total crap, I just don’t feel like looking it up again.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

“I’ll bite yer knee caps off!”

whitenoise's avatar

“Guards, make sure the prince doesn’t leave this room”

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

Merely a flesh wound.

ragingloli's avatar

The Killer Rabbit.

Jeruba's avatar

@ragingloli: the Vorpal Bunny, in “Holy Grail”?

(I’m guessing that you know where the made-up word “vorpal” comes from.)

ucme's avatar

Ha, so predictable when the yanks pick Python faves, lumberjack/silly walks//dead parrot.
My fave comes from one of the films, Cleese hated The Meaning of Life, but for me it’s a close second to Life of Brian & one scene has me crying with laughter every time…

ragingloli's avatar

Or the one where Cleese talks about Sarah Palin.

ccrow's avatar

I don’t think I have a single favorite… but I always kind of liked this one.

blueiiznh's avatar

There’s a penguin on the tele

jungle_girl's avatar

Spam spam spam, I am from Hawaii.

rojo's avatar

So many.

“Come In”
“No, open the door and come in”

“Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government”

“Bloody Peasants”

“Fred, We’ve got an eater”

Kardamom's avatar

“He’s pining in the fjords.”

“Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, no what I mean? Say no more.”

The Lumberjack Song

downtide's avatar

My favourite is the Parrot Sketch of course, but my second favourite is How not to be seen

“Mr Nesbit has learned the first lesson of Not Being Seen – not to stand up. However he has chosen a very obvious piece of cover…” BOOM!

DWW25921's avatar

Everyone keeps coming up with awesome stuff! Thanks for the walk down memory lane! I… I want more! :)

filmfann's avatar

@ucme I am an American, so my favorite part of The Meaning of Life is, of course, Mr Creosote (part 2)

Jeruba's avatar

Well, dearie, I liked this one too: The Bed Shop.

If we keep this up, we’ll assemble an entire retrospective, won’t we?—with the bonus that we’ll have a chance to see if our senses of humor have changed much in 40 or so years.

I guess mine hasn’t.

drhat77's avatar

@filmfann I love that man. “better… get me a bucket.”

rojo's avatar

“Would it help to confuse it if we ran away some more?”

rojo's avatar

“Three days to bury a cat?”
“Yes, he wouldn’t keep still, howling and wriggling about”

rojo's avatar

“Have you got all the stuffing up one end?”

ucme's avatar

@filmfann I like the scene that follows that sequence when Eric Idle’s waiter takes us for a walk leading to his childhood home.

rojo's avatar

@ucme Your links lead to This one that I don’t believe I have ever seen.

That’s why I stay here, you learn something new every day!

tom_g's avatar

Oh, this is absurd. There is no choosing a favorite. The entire series is brilliant. You could link to them all.

Sueanne_Tremendous's avatar

“What’s on the telly?”
“It’s a penguin”
“What’s ee doin?”

Penguin Sketch

And, this gem (I paraphrase):

“The BBC would like to apologize for the use of repetition in this program”

“The BBC would like to apologize for the use of repetition in this program”

“The BBC would like to apologize for the use of repetition in this program”

“The BBC would like to apologize for the use of repetition in this program”

And so on and so on….

ucme's avatar

Rather than link them all, I think I might watch them, got most of them on dvd.

Kardamom's avatar

@ucme Can you recall the name of the sketch in which Eric Idle is sitting on a stool singing and strumming a guitar, when a woman walks in and starts ripping his clothes off? I’ve always had a wee crush on Mr. Idle, so I enjoyed that sketch, but I can’t recall the name of the sketch or the song he was singing.

Jeruba's avatar

For some reason I’m absurdly pleased to learn that so many of my fellow flutherfolk vividly recall Monty Python, and with such obvious relish. From the very first episode of the first show broadcast on WGBH in Boston, we knew we were seeing something completely different.

@Kardamom, it was always Graham Chapman for me.

ucme's avatar

@Kardamom Wow, that’s pretty obscure, I vaguely recall the sketch, but no idea of it’s title.
Did you ever see any of the Python spin off shows?
Rutland Weekend Television (Idle) & Ripping Yarns (Palin/Jones)
I maintain that Ripping Yarns was better than Python, just about the funniest show ever.

whitenoise's avatar

And of course Fawlty Towers!

DWW25921's avatar

I’ve never enjoyed a question so much before! Faulty towers is great, I think there were a few others. Anyone know where the boys are now?

Jeruba's avatar

Well, Graham Chapman died in 1989.

ucme's avatar

@whitenoise Fawlty Towers wasn’t so much a spin off, fantastic though it was. Such a shame only a dozen episodes were made. Ripping Yarns just has the edge though, for me anyway.

Kardamom's avatar

@Jeruba I thought Graham and Michael Palin were very cute too.

I had the pleasure of seeing Eric Idle at a Beatlefest a number of years ago in Los Angeles, when he played with his “band” The Rutles. I almost wet myself.

Then I saw him again at the Hollywood Bowl when he starred in the musical version of Life of Brian, called He’s Not the Messiah, He’s a Very Naughty Boy. It was fantastic.

@ucme I do recall seeing a couple of Ripping Yarns. Didn’t care much for Fawlty Towers.

I did like another British show, of the same era, called The Goodies.

gailcalled's avatar

Some (everyone?) may consider this heresy, but I am starting to find it all rather dated. Even reruns of Fawlty Tower look gray and wrinkly.

gailcalled's avatar

What does NE mean?

ucme's avatar

@Kardamom Ha, The Goodies wasn’t in the same league as Python, daft knockabout fun though…”ooh, ooh, ooh, the funky gibbon.”

Kardamom's avatar

@ucme You’re right, they were more slap-stick than cerebral comedy, but I thought both Tim Brooke-Taylor and Bill Oddie were very cute!

Goodies Theme Song

gailcalled's avatar

@ragingloli; i found that tedious and not amusing at all. The whole thing looked ad-libbed.

DWW25921's avatar

@gailcalled They had a few bad sketches… I must admit. But for the most part they’re awesome!

gailcalled's avatar

They were certainly original and hilarious in their day, and had (have) a much longer shelf life than most TV and movies. I stick to my recent response above.

DWW25921's avatar

I’d like a shrubbery… Not to expensive…

Kardamom's avatar

@ucme Oh my, thank you so much for that! i’d totally forgotten about that sketch. It was so cute!

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