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 Post Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2006 11:31 am 
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I just watched the famous Dead Parrot Sketch, and I have to admit I didn't laugh that much. There might be a few things I 'missed', but anyway:

What do you think is the most funny part about the sketch? Why do you think it is so popular?


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I think partly it's just how evasive the pet shop guy is, and how totally unconvicing he is, trying to convince Mr Praline that the parrot is just resting.
My personal favorite part is when Mr. Praline waves the parrot back and forth in front of his face and whacks it(the parrot, not his face) on the counter. I always enjoy John's "Praline" character(Mr./Eric/Inspector) anyway.
I don't know, I can't really describe what's funny about it. Maybe someone else will do a better job than I. I just find it funny, and a lot of other people do too.


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the endless list of synonyms for "dead", and especially the way it's said by John, was the main reason I liked it so much when I heard it for the first time (on the Monty Python instant record collection), it's only until recently I finally got to see the skit. And then, ofcourse, Cleese's and Palin's facial expressions did the rest (oh, and not to forget: the parrot!).

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whacks it(the parrot, not his face) on the counter
lmao!

sorry - in a random mood!

I LOVE that sketch! it depends on which version you've seen!
when I saw the nudge nudge sketch the first time, i didn't think much of it other than i thought jonesy looked hot - the best version is the one where jonesy is on the right and when he slams his beer down, it goes everywhere. Eric is better in that one too... in 'and now for something completely different', it just looks a bit too over-rehearsed and therefore not as funny.

the funniest version of the parrot sketch i've ever seen is the live one in the secret policeman's ball - john is trying to make mike corpse (laugh and come out of character) by doing silly voices and a sort of morris dance with the parrot - hitting it against his foot and chucking it around in the air etc while mike is just wetting himself laughing! bless him! i love mike!

i think the lines that absolutely do it for me are:

'if you hadn't nailed it to the perch, it would be pushing up the daisies!'

'I've got a slug'
'does it talk?'

'a PALINDROME?! It's not a palindrome! the palindrome of 'Bolton' would be notloB! It don't work!!


I think its just the ridiculousness of the whole thing that makes it funny - like you'd think that you'd notice if a parrot was dead or not before you bought it; and then to go through the whole thing of screeching at it and chucking it round the shop when it has clearly popped its clogs and have the sales assistant trying to convince you it's sleeping!

I dunno - i'm finding it kind of hard to explain WHY it's funny - analysing it... it just IS funny

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i just have to say that i think it's infinitely better in a live version, esp. the one off of The Final Ripoff. the first few times i heard it, i almost died laughing each time.

as with polo_tottie though, i can't exactly explain why.

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Thank you, exactly the kind of replies I wanted. Very interesting to read about other people's thoughts. Stay tuned for similar questions about other sketches - unless I cease to be.


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Infernal Duckling wrote:
the endless list of synonyms for "dead", and especially the way it's said by John, was the main reason I liked it so much when I heard it for the first time (on the Monty Python instant record collection), it's only until recently I finally got to see the skit. And then, ofcourse, Cleese's and Palin's facial expressions did the rest (oh, and not to forget: the parrot!).


That's why I think it's so funny. Both Cleese and Palin are fantastic in the sketch. They're amazing actors. And writers for that matter. " 'E's pushin' up daisies!" " 'E's bleedin' demised!" Priceless.

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Never heard of the Dead Parrot Sketch.


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I've only seen the one version. Sounds like I'll have to get my hands on others! How many versions are there?


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the funniest version of the parrot sketch i've ever seen is the live one in the secret policeman's ball - john is trying to make mike corpse (laugh and come out of character) by doing silly voices and a sort of morris dance with the parrot - hitting it against his foot and chucking it around in the air etc while mike is just wetting himself laughing! bless him! i love mike!


I havent seen that...... wheres it from..... i sounds like i need to see it...

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I think I'll have to see the version where Cleese's having fun.


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