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The 20 Best Monty Python's Flying Circus Sketches

July 12, 2011  |  7:30am
5. Self-Defense Against Fresh Fruit
In this absurdist sketch, John Cleese plays a maniacal self-defense teacher against bananas, raspberries and an assortment of other fresh fruit. Make sure to never cross him in a dark alley with grapefruit—whole or segmented.

4. The Fish-Slapping Dance
This silent jig between Michael Palin and John Cleese is 20 seconds of pure comedy, proving that (fish)slapstick never fails to make us laugh.

3. The Ministry of Silly Walks
What’s most impressive about this sketch is not the simplicity of the running walking gag, but the physical comedy of John Cleese’s long-legged, lanky maneuvers.

2. The Spanish Inquisition
This sketch gave way to the single most memorable catchphrase in Flying Circus history.

1. Dead Parrot
Voted number two in the UK on Channel 4’s 50 Greatest Comedy Moments, “Dead Parrot” has remained in the hearts of Python fans everywhere as the best sketch of Flying Circus.

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