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'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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'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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5 October 1969 (UK)  »

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The funniest joke in the world is what Eric Idle refers to as "German gibberish". But for those who can handle it, it is, "Wenn ist das Nunstruck git und Slotermeyer? Ja! Beiherhund das Oder die Flipperwaldt gersput! " See more »


During the part of "Funniest Joke in the World" sketch that takes place in WWII, a news reporter holds a handheld microphone which is too modern for WWII, and a Bedford RL truck and Ferret armoured appear in some stock footage, both were introduced after WWII. See more »


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


Liberty Bell March
Composed by John Philip Sousa (uncredited)
Performed by the Band of Grrenadier Guard (uncredited)
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The start of one of the funniest sketch comedies ever
29 October 2011 | by 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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