Some Pre-Python Medieval Comedy

Found on a random internet trawl, “The Complete & Utter History of Britain,” a comedy show made by some of the members of Monty Python–before they was Pythons! Via Youtube:

Since I just finished explaining the Norman Conquest to my freshmen, I was particularly vulnerable to this bit:

ANNOUNCER

It was here that there occurred the first momentous event of 1065. Eric Smith, the serf, was walking to work, when… he stubbed his toe. 

But even this was soon to be overshadowed by a host of other remarkable events.

Richard the Quincy hits his thumb. (“Dooowww!”) 

Norman Black discovers the force of gravity [man trips and falls over]. 

Aaron Simon Miller Anvil Smith discovers the thimble. (“Found it!”)

Edward the Confessor sits closer to the Archbishop of Canterbury. 

And Bristol Zoo was not yet built. […]

But how do those who lived through this remarkable year actually remember 1065?

MAN ON THE STREET

“1065? Never heard of it.”

WOMAN ON THE STREET

“Is it a kind of pastry?”

SOME OTHER MAN ON THE STREET

“Black Pudding.”

A MAN WHO SELLS MUGS

1065? [spits] Terrible year. Terrible, rotten year for us in the commemorative mug business. I got hundreds of these in the back of the shop. A Present from 1065. Welcome to 1065. Ha! 1065: Top Year. And what happened? Nothing. Same as the year before. I’m getting out before 1066, I can tell ya.

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  • Steve Muhlberger

    Being an eccentric medievalist myself, I doubt that it took any chemical means, legal or il, to produce the past few posts, but what will the children think???

  • Got Medieval

    I’m pretty much always like this. Just sometimes moreso.

  • khowells

    “Embroiderers have sent us these pictures…” lol, cheers for that, good find 🙂

  • Mimi

    Tee hee.

  • Catanea

    “Edward the Confessor DREW closer to the Archbishop of Canterbury”, shurely?

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