November 25, 2008

Dead parrot 1600 years old

The famous Dead parrot sketch by Monty Python is actually 1600 years old. William Berg, an American classics professor 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.
Never less the sketch is hilarious and only shows the the Monty Python crew was quite well educated.

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