Pining for the fjords

April 11, 2008 at 1:51 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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This Monty Python video is number one in the 50 greatest comedy sketches of all time.

Here’s what they have to say about it.

The premise: a man (John Cleese) attempts to return his brand-new parrot to the pet shop, having realized that the bird is quite obviously dead. The petshop owner (Michael Palin) refuses to believe that the parrot is dead, and therefore refuses to let him return it. That’s it. While many high-concept sketches have won a deserving place on this list, the Dead Parrot Sketch is something rarer: a simple concept executed with pure comedic brilliance. Cleese and Palin are perfect foils, and much of the joke stems from the rational man growing increasingly hysterical, while the irrational one remains perfectly calm, offering one ridiculous explanation after another (“You stunned him, just as he was wakin’ up! Norwegian Blues stun easily.”) Just as each new generation keeps discovering the Beatles, hundreds of thirteen-year-olds are right now watching this sketch on YouTube for the first time, and incorporating the phrase “pining for the fjords” into their vocabularies. Unlike that unfortunate parrot, this is one joke that will never die.

And I could not agree more. Absolutely hilarious.


“I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.”  ~Woody Allen


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