Quote by John Cleese: “Graham Chapman, co-author of the "Parrot Sketch...”
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A satire on poor customer service, it was written by John Cleese and Graham Chapman and initially performed in the show's first series, in the eighth episode "Full Frontal Nudity", which first aired 7 December The sketch portrays a conflict between disgruntled customer Mr Praline played by Cleese and a shopkeeper Michael Palin , who argue whether or not a recently purchased "Norwegian Blue" parrot is dead. In it, Palin played a car salesman who repeatedly refused to admit that there was anything wrong with his customer's Chapman car, even as it fell apart in front of him. That sketch was based on an actual incident between Palin and a car salesman. John Cleese said on the same show that he and Chapman "believed that there was something very funny there, if we could find the right context for it". In early drafts of what would become the Dead Parrot Sketch, the frustrated customer was trying to return a faulty toaster to a shop. Chapman realised that it needed to be "madder", and came up with the parrot idea.
Brilliant - thanks. I was wanting to check the details of this sketch and you enabled me to update my transcript and run it past the actual original. An error in your own transcription, though. It is "rung down the curtain" - not "run down" a phrase from closing the run of a play in old fashioned theatres which had a curtain between audience and stage , and is another euphemism for having died. Where this sketch is an excellent teaching aid - I can't think of another example with such a quick fire series of euphemisms for death. Another slight correction, to your commentary this time. Post a Comment.
We see the 'It's' man sitting in the countryside in a garden lounger chair. A sexy young lady in a bikini hands him a glass of wine and gently helps him up and walks him to the camera. Looking very pleased with himself he sips the wine as she caresses him. Then she hands him a smoking round anarchist's type bomb with 'Bomb' written on it. He realizes what it is only as he says:. Cartoon credits.
OK, this is a bit of a hefty quote, but we couldn't very well trim down one of the most beloved rants in British comedy history. Also, memorise this and you'll never be stuck for what to say at a funeral. Not very funny out of context, but pant-moisteningly hilarious when delivered by a shrill, crazed Michael Palin.
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