Parrot Sketch Not Included - 20 Years of Monty Python

Infobox Television
show_name = Parrot Sketch Not Included - 20 Years of Monty Python


caption =
format = Special
runtime = 58 minutes
creator = Graham Chapman
John Cleese
Terry Gilliam
Eric Idle
Terry Jones
Michael Palin
starring = Steve Martin
Graham Chapman
John Cleese
Terry Gilliam
Eric Idle
Terry Jones
Michael Palin
country = United Kingdom
network =
first_aired = October 5,1989
last_aired =
num_episodes =
imdb_id =
preceded_by = "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life"
followed_by = "Monty Python Live At Aspen"

Parrot Sketch Not Included - 20 Years of Monty Python was a tribute special to the Monty Python comedy group, broadcast on October 5, 1989. It was hosted by Python fan and actor Steve Martin, who introduced several sketches from the group's television series Monty Python's Flying Circus, as well as some sketches from the German remake Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus. The Dead Parrot sketch was not included.

ketches Included

*How Not To Be Seen
*The Ministry of Silly Walks
*The Lumberjack Song
*Spam
*Argument Clinic
*The Spanish Inquisition
*Patient Abuse
*The Visitors
*Queen Victoria Handicap
*Musical Mice
*The Mouse Problem
*Working Class Playwright
*Raymond Luxury Yacht
*Dennis Moore
*A man with a Stoat Through His Head
*Mrs. Niggerbaiter Explodes
*The Fish-Slapping Dance
*Sam Peckinpah's "Salad Days"
*Zeppelin
*A man With a Tape Recorder up His Nose

Deleted sequence

According to the autobiography "The Pythons", a new piece of material written and featuring the Monty Python members and Steve Martin was to be included in the special. In the sequence, the Monty Python members, dressed as school boys, ask Martin questions and take notes. The sequence was removed at request by the Pythons because it was felt to be unfunny. However, some of the members today wish it had been included, as it had been the last time that Monty Python member Graham Chapman would perform with the group.

The Pythons gave an alternate version of their appearance, which is featured in the special, in which Steve Martin briefly reveals that they are all in a cupboard. Chapman appears very pale and sallow; at the time the throat cancer that would kill him was advancing rapidly. This would be his last appearance on television before his death, which coincidentally was one night before the premiere of the programme.


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