What on earth does this have to do with anything steampunk or dieselpunk opera related? Not much, i admit. But i leave for London in 4 days and still have no place to stay for the first week (inside London. I have a place to stay outside but the cost of commute would be devastating. Of course i have fasted several times. 3 day fasts mostly although i did a 5 day fast once. Of course i’d useless productivity wise, but…)
Anyway, this has led to some friends and i having a laugh about the possible outcomes which always reminds me of my personal all time favorite comedy sketch.
So let’s list 5 of the great ones, shall we? I know everyone will feel i left off their favorites, and i probably did, but this is the ones i thought of while pondering the sketches that have never stopped making me chuckle over the years.
5. Dick In a Box
SNL sucks. It has sucked for a long, long time. But even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day and let’s face it, this is gold. I personally love the Cowbell sketch, but Dick In A Box far outshines it.
4. The Hedge Sketch
I’m including this mostly because it’s the one most likely to not have been seen (by non British). The others are all SO well known but this maybe you can actually watch for the first time. Plus, it’s awesome. Immensely creative and meta. As with most Americans i watched House for YEARS before someone pointed out that House was King George from Black Adder at which point i went into utter shock.
3. Who’s On First
Yeah, you know it, it’s a classic. But come on, admit it. It deserves to be the classic it is. This is the most iconic sketch ever. It will never die. It never should.
2. The Spanish Inquisition
Usually these lists say the Dead Parrot sketch is the funniest. Now don’t get me wrong, the Dead Parrot sketch is awesome, but you simply cannot beat The Spanish Inquisition. We all know Monty Python should basically be on all 5 slots of best sketches ever, but for simple diversity we must pick one and this is my pick.
1. The Four Yorkshiremen
This is the one that got the whole post going. It’s impossible to think up dire circumstances or reflect on terrible times without this coming to mind. Honestly, i never tire of this routine. In honor of my first week in London as shivering male prostitute: