Monty Python's Flying Circus: Season 1, Episode 1

Whither Canada? (5 Oct. 1969)

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Episode cast overview:
Announcer / Voice Over #2 / Mr. Bruce Foster of Guildford / Helmut / Pepperpot #1 / Sir Edward Ross / Ron Geppo / Scottland Yard's Crack Inspector / The Colonel / Otto (A Gestapo Officer) / A different Gestapo Officer / Englishwoman
Voice Over #1 / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart / Mariolini / Pepperpot #2 / Interviewer #2 / Viking / Sam Trench / General #2 / Officer / Joke Victim / Nazi
Eddie Waring / Francesco / Interviewer #3 / Vicky / Reg Moss / Voice Over #3 / Mrs. Scribbler / Officer / German Joker / Narrator
Italian Teacher / Pepperpot #3 / Arthur 'Two Sheds' Jackson / Private / Commentator / Bespectacled Weedy-Lance Corporal / Joke Corporal / German General / Englishman
It's Man / Genghis Khan / Giuseppe / Interviewer #1 / Linkman / Raymond Baxter / Pepperpot #4 / General #1 / Ernest Scribbler / Officer / Joke Victim / Interrogated Officer / German Radio Voice
Various Roles (credit only)
Wizzo Butter Announcer / Guard


'It's Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart', Famous Deaths, Italian Lesson, Whizzo Butter, 'It's the Arts', Arthur "Two-Sheds" Jackson, Cycling Race, and The Funniest Joke in the World.

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When translated into English, the Funniest Joke in the World is complete nonsense. See more »


During the Modern Artists' bicycle race, the artists are cycling towards John Cleese and therefore the artist's canvases will be facing away from John which means he could not see the paintings and unable to describe the paintings. See more »


Narrator: In 1945, peace broke out. The jokes were over.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits run sideways across the screen. As they run, John Cleese's voice is heard saying, "The final score, Pigs 9, British Bipeds 4. The Pigs go on to face Vicki Carr in the finals." See more »


Edited into And Now for Something Completely Different (1971) See more »


Das Lied der Deutschen
Lyrics by August Heinrich Hoffman von Fallersleben (uncredited)
Music by Joseph Haydn (uncredited)
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The start of one of the funniest sketch comedies ever
29 October 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

30 years before Little Britain, there was this sketch comedy called Monty Python's Flying Circus, from my home nation of the United Kingdom; though this show was made WAY before I was born (I was born in 1992), I watched the first episode quite recently just to see John Cleese's earlier work before the hilarious Fawlty Towers, and I saw a show that can be timelessly funny just like Fawlty Towers; this literally was the start of sketch comedy on television as well as the start of the Monty Python comedy group; as far as I know, the show always starts with a Python member running towards the camera through some sort of obstacle to say the title of the show, then this amazing circus theme music starts when the title sequence starts; unlike Little Britain, there are lots of different sketches that are only used once and never again; I'm amazed how this show hasn't aged at all, and that the comedy is top-notch silliness but stays original; I'm also amazed of the crude jokes they got away with on television at the time; the final sketch of this episode is the funniest, but the other sketches will make you laugh out loud as well

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