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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 »

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When describing Picasso falling off of his bicycle, the host says he was near "Gomslake and Peashall", but the correct names of the cities on the map are "Peaslake and Gomshall". See more »

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German Radio Voice: [English translation of the fatal joke] There were zwei peanuts walking down the strasse, und one was assaulted - peanut.
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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 »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Touch of Satan (1998) See more »

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Rule, Britannia!
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Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
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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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