We’ve compiled a list of Python’s 20 greatest sketches (15-20 below) from The Life of Python as a tribute to the Flying Circus and some of the silliest comedians of our time.

11. Spam
“Spam” is a Monty Python sketch, first televised in 1970 and written by Terry Jones and Michael Palin. In the sketch, two customers are lowered by wires into a greasy spoon café and try to order a breakfast from a menu that includes Spam in almost every dish, much to the consternation of one of the customers.

12. Cheese Shop
A simple premise: man walks into an empty cheese shop, asking for every cheese under the sun, none of which are available. Cleese again delivers with consummate skill for a superb sketch.

13. The Bruces’ Philosophers Song
Any sketch that can ridicule history’s greatest thinkers with lines such as “René Descartes was a drunken fart – I drink, therefore I am,” deserves the utmost praise.

14. How Not to Be Seen
Done in the style of a public service announcement, How Not to Be Seen is as amusing as it is ridiculous.

15. Hitler in England
Hitler lodged in a Somerset boarding house, wonderful.

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