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The 20 Best Monty Python's Flying Circus Sketches

July 12, 2011  |  7:30am
15. How Not to Be Seen
This sketch, narrated by John Cleese, conveys the importance of not being seen in this it’s-so-ridiculous-it’s-funny Public Service Announcement.

14. Cheese Shop
A hungry John Cleese walks into a cheese shop and thus begins ordering every type imaginable. Out of the 43 fromages listed—including “Venezuelan Beaver Cheese”—the shop has none in stock.

13. Argument Clinic

What’s the difference between an argument and a contradiction? Michael Palin and John Cleese debate it. No they don’t. Yes they do. No they don’t.

12. Dirty Hungarian Phrase Book
At some point in our lives, we’ll all use a book of translations—just hope that it isn’t one published by Michael Palin’s character in this sketch. But perhaps it’s a sign we should all learn how to say “My hovercraft is full of eels” in every language.

11. Upper Class Twit of the Year
The Pythons are also skilled satirists, and sometimes brutal in their parodies as they are in this sketch. With obstacles such as Kicking the Beggar, Insulting the Waiter, Shooting the Rabbits and Taking the Bras Off the Debutantes, it’s not a surprise they’re poking fun at the English upper class.

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