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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.




Episode cast overview:
Graham Chapman ... 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
John Cleese ... Voice Over #1 / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart / Mariolini / Pepperpot #2 / Interviewer #2 / Viking / Sam Trench / General #2 / Officer / Joke Victim / Nazi
Eric Idle ... Eddie Waring / Francesco / Interviewer #3 / Vicky / Reg Moss / Voice Over #3 / Mrs. Scribbler / Officer / German Joker / Narrator
Terry Jones ... Italian Teacher / Pepperpot #3 / Arthur 'Two Sheds' Jackson / Private / Commentator / Bespectacled Weedy-Lance Corporal / Joke Corporal / German General / Englishman
Michael Palin ... 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
Carol Cleveland ... Various Roles (credit only)
Terry Gilliam ... 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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5 October 1969 (UK) See more »

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When translated into English, the Funniest Joke in the World is complete nonsense. When entered into Google Translate, it comes out as [FATAL ERROR]. 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 »


Host: Did you write this symphony in the shed?
Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson: No!
Host: Have you written any of your recent works in this shed of yours?
Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson: No, no, not at all. It's just an ordinary garden shed.
Host: I see, I see. And you're thinking of buying this second shed to write in!
Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson: No, no. Look. This shed business... it doesn't really matter. The sheds aren't important. A few friends call me "Two Sheds" and that's all there is to it. I wish you'd ask me about the music. Everybody talks about the sheds. They've got it out of proportion......
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The DVD version has a slightly different musical introduction to the Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson interview. Both are based on the same theme from the fourth movement of Beethoven's Fourth Symphony, but while the TV version features an excerpt from the recapitulation, the DVD version has an excerpt from the exposition. 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 Franz Joseph Haydn (uncredited)
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The start of one of the funniest sketch comedies ever
29 October 2011 | by thaharSee 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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