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Dead Parrot Sketch Is 1,600 Years Old

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the he-prefers-kipping-on-his-back dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 276

laejoh writes "Monty Python's 'Dead Parrot sketch' — which featured John Cleese — is some 1,600 years old. A classic scholar has proved the point, by unearthing a Greek version of the world-famous piece. A comedy duo called Hierocles and Philagrius told the original version, only rather than a parrot they used a slave. It concerns a man who complains to his friend that he was sold a slave who dies in his service. His companion replies: 'When he was with me, he never did any such thing!' The joke was discovered in a collection of 265 jokes called Philogelos: The Laugh Addict, which dates from the fourth century AD. Hierocles had gone to meet his maker, and Philagrius had certainly ceased to be, long before John Cleese and Michael Palin reinvented the yarn in 1969."

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so that's what killed it (5, Funny)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764921)

Old age.

Re:so that's what killed it (2, Interesting)

Z00L00K (682162) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765025)

And what does John Cleese have to say about this?

Re:so that's what killed it (5, Funny)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765151)

You think that story is funny, you should hear the one that Biggus Dickus told just before last weeks crucifiction! It was to die for...

Re:so that's what killed it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25765545)

I wonder if MP got this from yesterday's Fark... just like samzenpus did.

Re:so that's what killed it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25765715)

I wonder if MP got this from yesterday's Fark... just like samzenpus did.

Not all of us read Fark on a regular basis.

Re:so that's what killed it (2, Funny)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765897)

No. The rest of us Fark on a continual basis.

Re:so that's what killed it (4, Informative)

duguk (589689) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765097)

Re:so that's what killed it (1)

Amazing Quantum Man (458715) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765907)

If you RTFA (yeah yeah), you'd see how fracking OLD Cleese is! I was shocked.

Never the same again (5, Funny)

VinylRecords (1292374) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764931)

Wow those plagiarists...what next are you going to tell me that the Holy Grail movie was based on ancient stories as well? Or Life of Brian? Are you telling me that Jesus wasn't an original character?

Re:Never the same again (5, Funny)

LordEd (840443) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765017)

Are you telling me that Jesus wasn't an original character

No, but he was nailed to the perch...

Re:Never the same again (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25765103)

Yeah, but Polly wasn't able to come back as a zombie 3 days later before being miracled into wine and crackers.

Re:Never the same again (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25765833)

Ahh blasphemy humor. It never gets old. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to get my a keyboard that isn't swimming ing Coke.

Re:Never the same again (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25765939)

Yes, but Jesus eventually got back up and starting flying around again (up to Heaven, anyway).

I guess that means he was just pining for the fjords all that time...

Re:Never the same again (3, Informative)

forkazoo (138186) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765933)

Wow those plagiarists...what next are you going to tell me that the Holy Grail movie was based on ancient stories as well? Or Life of Brian? Are you telling me that Jesus wasn't an original character?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mithras#Mithraism_and_Christianity

Classics, not just stuffy rhetoric or dull history (4, Interesting)

CRCulver (715279) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764951)

As a Classics major as an undergrad, I'm always happy to see these kind of stories. There was some wicked humour in the ancient world that is still hilarious today, from the political jibes in the plays of Aristophanes to the obscenities of Petronius' Satyricon. It's a pity that most people would never think about reading them, because one tends to assume that old literary works are dry and serious.

Re:Classics, not just stuffy rhetoric or dull hist (2, Interesting)

MindlessAutomata (1282944) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764971)

I'll have to check them out when I have time.

What I find really interesting is the graffiti from those times. Stuff about elections, dirty jokes (which you'd still find funny today), and so on.

Re:Classics, not just stuffy rhetoric or dull hist (2, Interesting)

quarterbuck (1268694) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765711)

Apparently even Jesus had a sense of humour. "Peter you are my rock" is probably the most famous pun in the world (Peter = rock).

Re:Classics, not just stuffy rhetoric or dull hist (2, Insightful)

4D6963 (933028) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765009)

What? They had humour prior to the 1960s? Seriously, deep inside me I believe that people hardly made or said anything funny back then. I'm sure lots of people feel the same way.

Re:Classics, not just stuffy rhetoric or dull hist (1, Redundant)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765185)

That's because the only people you have known from that earlier time were all older and humorless by the time you met them. Comedy has been around since the the dawn of civilization, when Ugg the caveman first discovered comedy after eliciting laughs with an accidental fart joke.

Re:Classics, not just stuffy rhetoric or dull hist (1)

Threni (635302) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765455)

So why has it taken sarcasm so long to catch on?

Re:Classics, not just stuffy rhetoric or dull hist (1)

Applekid (993327) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765823)

So why has it taken sarcasm so long to catch on?

Probably because sarcasm was never funny. ;)

Re:Classics, not just stuffy rhetoric or dull hist (4, Funny)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765935)

Like inhaling farts and sleeping with corpses, it is an acquired taste.

Re:Classics, not just stuffy rhetoric or dull hist (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25765255)

Nothing funny before 1960? Just read the Bible. "Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it." That's hilarious.

But, ahem, seriously, read some Georges Bataille for stilted stuffy stuff that is still hilarious.

http://www.greylodge.org/occultreview/glor_010/solar.htm [greylodge.org] (probably NSFW, but is just text).

Re:Classics, not just stuffy rhetoric or dull hist (1)

fermion (181285) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765409)

I know this a joke, but the 60's are typically considered the time when the current style of let's say impure humor began. Though I have never heard any of the albums, I hear Redd Foxx was quite the controversial figure. I often look back to the style of the time and think how could people tolerate that bubble gum pop, or was everyone on psychedelic drugs back them, but then I think of miles davis or Duke Ellington and realize that there were some people who wanted to push the envelope, not just make the money. And, of course, Richard Pryor started in the 60's.

Re:Classics, not just stuffy rhetoric or dull hist (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25765505)

Two words: Lenny Bruce

Re:Classics, not just stuffy rhetoric or dull hist (2, Insightful)

colmore (56499) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765571)

Also: 60s pop music was a lot more than the 50 or so songs that have been endlessly repeated on your local classic rock station and in movie soundtracks.

We think we have a memory of decades from before we were born, but we just have some editor's sleezy commercial take on the time. Really getting something approximating a feel for another time takes actual work and research.

Re:Classics, not just stuffy rhetoric or dull hist (1)

Lobster Quadrille (965591) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765839)

60s pop is a lot better than 70s, 80s, 90s, or 00s pop.

Re:Classics, not just stuffy rhetoric or dull hist (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25765747)

the 60's are typically considered the time when the current style of let's say impure humor began.

If you believe that, I have a humorous assortment of bridges to sell you.

Off color humor has always had a following, it's just that, from Victorian times until recently, the lettered public would never admit to such a thing, let alone allow it to be said in mixed company (e.g., when ladies were present). You can bet money that bawdy jokebooks were passed around behind closed doors at the private men's clubs, though. Also, you'd probably be able to find coarse language and crude humor wherever the "lower class" gathered as well - it's just that "those sorts of people" would never be let near something as dignified as literature, radio or television. (What if an impressionable young woman heard?)

That said, you don't have to dig very deep to find it, if you're looking. Heck, Shakespeare is a great source for double entendre, insults, and all manner of "impure humor". "The bawdy hand of the dial is now upon the prick of noon", anyone? We recently had a story where they revealed that the world's oldest recorded joke [slashdot.org] was a fart-joke.

Suetonius made me change my mind. (4, Interesting)

vlad_petric (94134) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765067)

That's what I thought too, until I read Suetonius' Twelve Caesars... The amount of trash in it makes it particularly entertaining.

Re:Suetonius made me change my mind. (3, Interesting)

MagikSlinger (259969) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765965)

Twelve Ceasars made me realize that political muck-raking has existed for as long as humans could say "Oog pals around with Neanderthals!"

Claudius got a mild thumbs down from Suetonius, which lead to Robert Graves to "correct the record".

Also Emperor Tiberius was the original Michael Jackson [uchicago.edu] .

Re:Classics, not just stuffy rhetoric or dull hist (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25765123)

When I was much younger I was turned on to the classics after reading Lysistrata. Quick synopsis from Wikipedia:

Led by the title character, Lysistrata, the story's female characters barricade the public funds building and withhold sex from their husbands to end the Peloponnesian War and secure peace.

The euphemisms and innuendo are killer, especially to a young teen :)

Re:Classics, not just stuffy rhetoric or dull hist (5, Funny)

Mr. Underbridge (666784) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765141)

As a Classics major as an undergrad, I'm always happy to see these kind of stories. There was some wicked humour in the ancient world that is still hilarious today, from the political jibes in the plays of Aristophanes to the obscenities of Petronius' Satyricon. It's a pity that most people would never think about reading them, because one tends to assume that old literary works are dry and serious.

Nah. If this story has taught me anything, it's that if there's anything worth reading in those old sheepskins/tablets/papyrii, some modern comedian will steal it and repeat it, saving me the trouble of figuring out all the obscure cultural references from 3000 years ago.

I'm kidding. I think.

Re:Classics, not just stuffy rhetoric or dull hist (5, Interesting)

JoshuaZ (1134087) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765245)

Yes, Euripides' Electra is one of the funniest plays in all existence simply for the recognition scene. Everyone should read the Oresteia and then read Euripides. Heck, that scene is hilarious even if you haven't read the Oresteia. Euripides mercilessly parodies a variety of literary conceits which are still used today. It is almost like Euripides had access to TVTropes.com

Re:Classics, not just stuffy rhetoric or dull hist (2, Insightful)

camperdave (969942) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765713)

Everyone should read the Oresteia and then read Euripides.

How about a few links then? Learning ancient Greek so I can digging through historical liturature ain't on my bucket list.

Re:Classics, not just stuffy rhetoric or dull hist (2, Interesting)

jbeaupre (752124) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765269)

One of the more interesting sermons I ever heard in church was around humor in the bible. Our preacher had a PhD in archeology, knew several dead languages, etc. So he was able to provide context for jokes that people people treat as dry and serious today. Apparently Jesus had a better sense of humor than people give him credit for.

Re:Classics, not just stuffy rhetoric or dull hist (1)

MindlessAutomata (1282944) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765493)

Any examples? Was Jesus a pervert?

Re:Classics, not just stuffy rhetoric or dull hist (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25765587)

HUGE masochist.

The whole whipping, forced labour(carrying his cross), crown of thorns, getting stabbed with a spear, nailed to the cross and then being heaped with public ridicule was planned.

y'know the whole religious ecstasy thing? Self flagellants in ye olden times? Yes. You can come closer to Christ when you're whipping yourself. *cough*

Of course, they were supposed to come and take him down again after a while, not leave him there on the cross. Stupid careless tops =\ You don't leave your bottom unattended when they're in bondage. Just asking for trouble.

Re:Classics, not just stuffy rhetoric or dull hist (0, Redundant)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765701)

Jesus had one joke in the bible..."Peter, you are the rock upon which my church will be built." Peter=petros=rock. HAHA Oh that Jesus always cracks me up!

Re:Classics, not just stuffy rhetoric or dull hist (1)

DrgnDancer (137700) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765645)

I had a professor like that in college, he was a Lutheran Minister and an archeology PhD. He made the Bible hysterical.

What's worse... (5, Funny)

MindlessAutomata (1282944) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764955)

What's worse is that only only did they blatantly copy the Greeks parrot sketch, but they even copied (with some minor alterations) a humorous tale about a wandering preacher in The Life of Brian. Really, the Monty Python crew knew no shame.

Re:What's worse... (1)

MindlessAutomata (1282944) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765001)

*not only, oops.

Re:What's worse... (1)

philspear (1142299) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765551)

I believe they also stole the story of King Arthur for Holy Grail. They also ripped off a real life story of a pundit historian getting killed by a mysterious stranger on horseback. The victim's family didn't get a dime, and they made a mockery out of a tragedy.

Re:What's worse... (4, Insightful)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765817)

... and they made a mockery out of a tragedy.

Isn't that the definition of comedy?

Re:What's worse... (1)

Lobster Quadrille (965591) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765885)

Apparently they also snaked the meaning of life from the bible:

Try and be nice to people, avoid eating fat, read a good book every now and then, get some walking in and try and live together in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations.

dead? (5, Funny)

nblender (741424) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764967)

That joke's not dead... It's pining for the fjords...

Re:dead? (1)

Slicebo (221580) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765451)

Parrots can't drive.

Re:dead? (1)

thepotoo (829391) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765575)

Captain Obvious, is that you? Since when do you post to Slashdot?

The Best of Hierocles and Philagrius (3, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764977)

You can read more of their jokes [google.com] at Google Books.

Seriously, I saw these guys in their prime on the "Ranting from Rome to Apulia" tour. Fucking hilarious stuff. They really took a turn for the worse when that pussy Constanine brought in Christianity, though. It was just never the same for comedians in the Empire with those holier-than-thou types in charge.

Re:The Best of Hierocles and Philagrius (3, Insightful)

jfengel (409917) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765029)

So... that book is dated 1920. Is there any actual news here, or did some guy just finally connected the gag to the dead parrot sketch and report it to that distinguished journal, The Telegraph?

Re:Thanks for the link (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25765089)

But how do we read the content of the book, cocksucker?

Re:Thanks for the link (0, Flamebait)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765125)

With you eyes, of course.

Re:Thanks for the link (1)

Sinbios (852437) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765681)

I think GP is trying to point out that your link doesn't actually contain the main text of the book.

Re:Thanks for the link (4, Funny)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765955)

Blank Reg: This is a network linker. It's a bit out of your league, idn'it, Paula?
Paula: So, whatch'll you trade for it?
[Blank Reg offers her something]
Paula: What's that?
Blank Reg: It's a book!
Paula: Well, what's that?
Blank Reg: It's a non-volatile storage medium. It's very rare. You should 'ave one.
Paula: Stuff it!

Manditory Link (5, Informative)

Zymergy (803632) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765003)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vuW6tQ0218 [youtube.com]
THIS.... is an Ex-Parrot!!

Better link... (4, Informative)

bennomatic (691188) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765051)

A 419-baiter got some Nigerian scam artists [youtube.com] to record themselves doing the sketch as well. I actually like this one better!

in soviet antiquity, (2, Funny)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765039)

joke predates you!

Re:in soviet antiquity, (1, Offtopic)

Darth Hubris (26923) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765795)

In Ostrogothic Russian Steppes, joke reads you!

Not the same joke (5, Insightful)

KeithIrwin (243301) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765049)

Umm, those aren't the same joke at all. Just because they both involve selling and dying doesn't mean that they're the same joke. The premise of the older joke is that the man who sold the slave is saying something in a surprised manner which is obviously true. The contrast is between his surprise and the understanding of the audience for the joke that he shouldn't be surprised (since obviously the slave hadn't died before he sold it).

The joke in the Monty Python sketch is that the parrot was dead when it was sold. The humor comes from the absurdness of the idea that someone could be sold a dead parrot without realizing it. The joke is furthered by the sales clerk's obviously futile attempts to claim that the parrot isn't dead and the colorful language used to attempt to convince the clerk that the parrot is dead. This is not at all the same joke. The premise is completely different, as is the type of humor involved. The Greek one is ironic humor. The Monty Python one is absurdist humor.

You're no fun (5, Funny)

fm6 (162816) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765115)

Just for that:

Venn ist das nurnstuck git und slotermeyer? Ya! Beigerhund das oder die flipperwaldt gersput!

Re:You're no fun (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25765179)

Das macht überhaupt keinen Sinn. Die Wörter haben keine Bedeutung und es ist auch nicht lustig, jedenfalls nicht ohne den Rest der Geschichte.

Re:You're no fun (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25765437)

Thankfully even German people aren't so dumb that they misunderstand it when they're being called "idiot".

Oh, speaking of which, you're an idiot.

Re:You're no fun (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25765733)

Das macht überhaupt keinen Sinn. [...]

[...] Oh, speaking of which, you're an idiot.

The GP is an idiot, indeed: In German, the phrase "das macht keinen Sinn" doesn't make any sense, because the idea of "creating sense" or "generating sense" has never been existing in German language. The correct translation of "that doesn't make sense" is "das ergibt keinen Sinn" ("that doesn't lead to anything making sense").

I always have to vomit when I hear the crowds, err, my fellow Krauts talking about "Sinn machen". But this, of course, doesn't hinder the majority of them to use this Anglicism. A disease.

The fun part, my CAPTCHA is "strafe".

Re:You're no fun (5, Funny)

bunratty (545641) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765181)

Die flipperwaldt gersput? Bwahahahahahahahaha! Clunk!

Re:Not the same joke (4, Funny)

MaxwellEdison (1368785) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765159)

Ah yes, now that the joke is properly explained it may now be classified as extra humorous.

Re:Not the same joke (3, Funny)

Cornwallis (1188489) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765357)

You mean posthum[or]ous

Re:Not the same joke (1)

baKanale (830108) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765661)

John Kerry? Is that you? [thedailyshow.com]

Re:Not the same joke (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25765243)

No, that's not what's funny about it and whoever modded you up is a complete idiot. Congratulations.

Re:Not the same joke (1)

Prosthetic_Lips (971097) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765655)

Amen to that!

The only people that could think that they are the same joke are those that have not read the joke, or have not seen the MP sketch. Around here the latter number is nearly zero, so you people need to RTFA.

Wait, another joke talked about drinking, so the MP sketch about Bruces must be a blatant rip-off, also. Zheesh.

Re:Not the same joke (2, Funny)

avandesande (143899) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765657)

The part that ties them together:

"And now time for something completely different!"

Re:Not the same joke (-1, Offtopic)

djh101010 (656795) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765677)

I bet you're a real blast at parties. Overanalysis kills humor, you know that right?

Re:Not the same joke (1)

Sir_Lewk (967686) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765773)

While you are indeed correct, anal retentiveness has no place in humour...

Re:Not the same joke (1)

forkazoo (138186) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765879)

Umm, those aren't the same joke at all. Just because they both involve selling and dying doesn't mean that they're the same joke. The premise of the older joke is that the man who sold the slave is saying something in a surprised manner which is obviously true. The contrast is between his surprise and the understanding of the audience for the joke that he shouldn't be surprised (since obviously the slave hadn't died before he sold it).

The joke in the Monty Python sketch is that the parrot was dead when it was sold. The humor comes from the absurdness of the idea that someone could be sold a dead parrot without realizing it. The joke is furthered by the sales clerk's obviously futile attempts to claim that the parrot isn't dead and the colorful language used to attempt to convince the clerk that the parrot is dead. This is not at all the same joke. The premise is completely different, as is the type of humor involved. The Greek one is ironic humor. The Monty Python one is absurdist humor.

Certainly, the jokes are different, but there is a thread of commonality between the two. After all, the Greek one can be read as if the vendor is trying to avoid blame for the dead slave, for fear of giving a refund. The elder joke isn't a full sketch like the Monty Python version, so it's impossible to say that's the only reading. But, it is certainly possible to see both jokes being about a vendor trying to avoid blame and a refund for the fact that something he sold is dead.

Personally, my favorite from that old collection is the one about the Barber, the Pedant, and the bald man who go camping in the woods. I may use that at some point.

Similar Jokes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25765949)

They're not the same joke but they are more similar than you realize. Both versions have a buyer complaining to a seller about a defective purchase. In both cases, humor comes from the absurd argument the seller gives for why it's not his fault. The differences are mainly in the nature of that argument.

"It never died for me, so it must be something you did!"

versus

"It's not dead at all!"

They're different, but similar.

Patented humor (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25765061)

It's the same sketch, only there is no parrot but a slave, the slave is not dead in the shop and consequently not nailed to the perch. But otherwise, really the same thing.

Re:Patented humor (4, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765221)

What if I told you the slave were nailed to a crucifix? That's kind of like a perch.

Re:Patented humor (2, Funny)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765249)

Yes, but was the slave nailed to the perch too?

Mandatory question (1)

whoever57 (658626) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765085)

So.....

what does this mean for copyright of the Parrot Sketch?

Re:Mandatory question (1)

dargon (105684) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765143)

and..., if there is a living relative to complain, could the Python's be punished under the DMCA? Afterall, ancient greek is pretty much the same as a nearly unbreakable form of encryption isn't it ;)

Re:Mandatory question (1)

Bender Unit 22 (216955) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765531)

Don't know. Try ask Disney!

Re:Mandatory question (1)

studpuppy (624228) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765659)

Umm.. that we now have found Prior Art, and can prove the Monty Python patent application should be declared invalid?

So what does this mean? (2)

LoRdTAW (99712) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765111)

Are they implying Monty Python stole the joke or that it has just been done before? It seems like a pretty strait forward joke and I can see it being reinvented. Either way it was a damn funny sketch.

Re:So what does this mean? (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765893)

most jokes have been repeated for 1000's of years.
People observe the same human behavior and make jest of it.

The specifics may change(slave -> Parrot) but the humor is the same.

Re:So what does this mean? (1)

MaxwellEdison (1368785) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765991)

Palin didn't steal the joke. He based the sketch off of a mechanic at a local garage. To paraphrase an interview (I believe from the Aspen Comedy Festival), you could go into the garage with your door missing and relate the story of how it fell off. And the mechanic would reply, "Those cars'll do that, they're new." Tantamount to today's meme: It's a feature.

Oh, Now I Bet The Knights Of Ni! Isn't Original (1)

Skeetskeetskeet (906997) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765147)

It's the Centurions of Ecki Ecki Ptang Whoop Boing......

Is it really surprising? (1)

socz (1057222) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765157)

When compared to Monty Python, why are people complaining? I'm no literary expert but isn't there a finite amount of themes anyways? And every story is just a variation of those themes?

Interestingly enough, that's one of the ideas/themes in Watchmen, nothing ever ends and will continue to repeat.

dead friend sketch (3, Funny)

fermion (181285) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765227)

That is disappointing. It means the sketch where Eric brings Kenny back to the friend store to complain that he is dead is not even a original tribute. It is just a more direct rip off of the original work that the Pythons inadvertently ripped off from. Will the inhumanity never end!

What Killed the Slave...? (5, Funny)

penguin_dance (536599) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765265)

He read the World's Funniest Joke [youtube.com] of course!

What about Python? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25765373)

So does that mean Python was blatantly ripped off from an ancient programming language for some obscure mainframe which makes reference to ancient greek comedy in it's documentation?

The Best Rendition (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25765405)

I was just revisiting the 419eater website due to yesterday's news about a woman being scammed for $400k and came across this version of the sketch (scroll to near the bottom of the page)

http://www.419eater.com/html/bigman2.htm/ [419eater.com]

No it isn't. (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25765431)

Oh wait, wrong sketch.

Pining for the fjords (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25765443)

You know... As a Norwegian, I feel insulted by your accusations!

April 1 (1)

DrWho520 (655973) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765463)

I could have sworn it was November...

Scrollshop skit (1)

pillowcase1 (878575) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765621)

Do you have 101 ways to start a fight? By some Spartan fellow who's name eludes me for the moment...

Related Story (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25765787)

In related news, the RIAA is suing John Cleese for copyright infringement on behalf of the estates of Hierocles and Philagrius.

Sketch, Skit... (1)

nschubach (922175) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765789)

I read the title in the feed and thought we were talking about a drawing instead of a skit. (yes, I know there are multiple meanings for sketch... but in context it can be confusing.)

New sketch (4, Funny)

Yetihehe (971185) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765805)

Customer: I want my money back, this joke is old!
Salesman: Well, it wasn't when I have told you it.
Customer: It was, greeks were telling it 1600 years ago!
Salesman: I won't give your money back then, warranty has expired long ago!

Oh Crap! (1)

akunkel (74144) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765843)

I am pretty sure that Ancient Greek Copyright Law is immortal!!

old joke (1, Redundant)

Dr. Tom (23206) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765969)

I think the old joke should have been, "Hey, that slave you sold me is dead!" (not died in service; that's different, and less of a joke).
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