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John Byrne
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Posted: 04 October 2019 at 9:16am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

20 funniest sketches

I agree with the choices if not necessarily the order.

Sadly, the article insists on judging the Past by the standards of the Present.

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Petter Myhr Ness
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Posted: 04 October 2019 at 10:01am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Good choices, though some of my favourites are omitted. 

One of my absolute favourites was BOOK SHOP, which I heard on a record many, many years ago. When I got the complete FLYING CIRCUS collection on DVD, I vigorously searched for it - only to discover that it wasn't really a Python sketch at all. It appeared on one of their records, but was originally a piece that John Cleese and Marty Feldman did for another show. 
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Watching THE DEATH OF STALIN the first time it was so hard to accept that the old guy playing Molotov was Michael Palin, the sort of “naughty schoolboy” of the Python troupe.
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Posted: 04 October 2019 at 1:54pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

And now...

No. 3

The Larch.


I'm also very partial to the Mr Hilter sketch.
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Somewhat inevitable that they'd put the dead parrot sketch as number 1. Not my favourite, but it is probably their most famous.
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CHEESE SHOP should be top 15. And I personally prefer THE SPANISH INQUISITION over THE PIRANHA BROTHERS, so I'd flip those two on my list. (I quote THE SPANISH INQUISITION any chance I get.)

I could argue that THE LUMBERJACK SONG is as famous as DEAD PARROT.








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Steven Brake
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Posted: 05 October 2019 at 10:12am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

The Moon Landing, Abbey Road, Scooby Doo, Monty Python - 1969 was a pretty amazing year, wasn't it?!

And in a couple of months time, it'll be 50 years since 1970. Which is both arithmetically correct and utterly impossible.
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I adore the Pythons, but always thought you have to see the full original shows (preferably in order) to truly "get it".

The flow of the show, the transitions, the callbacks are a fundamental part of what makes the show so funny along with the sketches.

If you said to a complete Python neophyte "Hey look, this is the best comedy show of all time and this their greatest sketch!" and you showed them, say, "Dead Parrot", I'm pretty sure his reaction would be to feel underwhelmed.

Also, in the comic book related field, their "Bicycle Repair Man" sketch is a brilliant take on superheroes.





 
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