Monty Python Reunion: Their 30 Best Sketches (VIDEOS)

Posted: Updated:

The Monty Python team - or at least its living members - are reuniting for a stage show for the first time in over 30 years.

So what better way to celebrate a troupe that influenced generations of comedians - and created hundreds of quotable lines - than with a look back at their classic sketches?

From the Bruces to the Yorkshiremen, the lumberjack to the dead parrot, here are 30 of their greatest small screen (and stage) moments:

SEE ALSO: Essential Python Songs & Sketches - A Spotify Playlist

  • 1
    Argument Clinic
    Classic line: "Look, this isn't an argument." "Yes it is!"
  • 2
    The Spanish Inquisition
    Classic line: "Nobody expects the Spanish inquisition!"
  • 3
    Classic line: "Spam, spam, spam, spam."
  • 4
    Fish Slapping Dance
    Classic moment: the finale.
  • 5
    MInistry Of Silly Walks
    Classic line: "I'm sorry to have kept you waiting, but I'm afraid my walk has become rather sillier recently and so it takes me rather longer to get to work."
  • 6
    Philosophy Football
    Classic line: "Nietzsche has just been booked for arguing with the referee. He accused Confucius of having no free will - and Confucius he say, 'name go in book'."
  • 7
    Bicycle Repairman
    Classic line: "Bicycle repairman - how can I ever repay you?!"
  • 8
    Hungarian Phrase Book
    Classic line: "Do you want to come back to my place, bouncy bouncy?"
  • 9
    Theory On Brontasauruses By Anne Elk (Miss)
    Classic line: "My theory, that I have - that is to say, which is mine - is mine."
  • 10
    The Philosophers' Song
    Classic line: "There's nothing Nietzsche could teach about the raising of the wrist."
  • 11
    Election Night Special
    Classic line: "Luton, normally a very sensible constituency with a high proportion of people who aren't a bit silly, has gone completely gaga."
  • 12
    The Cheese Shop
    Classic line: "No, no, no - don't tell me. I'm keen to guess."
  • 13
    How Not To Be Seen
    Classic line: "Mr Nesbitt has learned the first lesson of not being seen: not to stand up."
  • 14
    Upper Class Twit Of The Year
    Classic line: "And now it's 'kicking the beggar'..."
  • 15
    Classic moment: the final one.
  • 16
    The Lumberjack Song
    Classic line: "I cut down trees, I skip and jump, I like to press wild flowers/I put on women's clothing and hang around in bars."
  • 17
    Mr Hilter
    Classic line: "You've got the wrong map, there - this is Stalingrad. You want the Ilfracombe and Barnstaple section."
  • 18
    Nudge, Nudge
    Classic line: "A nod's as good as a wink to a blind bat!"
  • 19
    Classic line: "Bruce here teaches logical positivism... and is also in charge of the sheep dip."
  • 20
    The Funniest Joke In The World
    Classic line: "Tests on Salisbury Plain confirmed the joke's devastating effectiveness at a range of up to 50 yards."
  • 21
    Travel Agent
    Classic line: "Stopping at Majorcan bodegas selling fish and chips and Watney's Red Barrel..."
  • 22
    Self-Defence Against Fruit
    Classic line: "How about cherries?" "We've done them." "Red AND black?" "Yes!"
  • 23
    The History Of The Joke
    Classic line: "Popular as this jest has always been, however, it cannot compare with the ribald connotations associated with the despatch of an edible missile."
  • 24
    Hell's Grannies
    Classic line: "If she can't get the wool, she gets violent."
  • 25
    Four Yorkshiremen
    Classic line: "We used to dream of living in a corridor!"
  • 26
    Classic line: "You lousy, hypocritical, whining toadies, with your lousy coloured TV sets and your Tony Jacklin golf clubs and your bleedin' masonic handshakes!"
  • 27
    Silly Olympics
    Classic line: "The second semi-final of the 100 yards for people with no sense of direction."
  • 28
    Dirty Fork
    Classic line: "Mungo! Mungo! Never kill a customer."
  • 29
    Crunchy Frog
    Classic line: "If we took the bones out, it wouldn't be crunchy, would it?!"
  • 30
    The Dead Parrot
    Classic line: "Pining for the fjords?!"
    (Bonus video: the stage version, with Michael Palin corpsing)

Around the Web

Monty Python's Flying Circus (TV Series 1969–1974) - IMDb

Monty Python Troupe to Reunite for Live Shows -

Monty Python reunion planned for new stage show - Telegraph