The Bruces sketch is a famous sketch from the TV show "
Monty Python's Flying Circus", and appears in episode 22, 'How to recognise different parts of the body'. It involves a group of stereotypical lounging Australians who are revealed to be the PhilosophyDepartment at the fictitious University of Woolloomooloo, and all named Bruce, with a common fondness for beer and a hatred of "." Terry Jonesplays a " pommie" professor, Michael Baldwin, joining the department and meeting his colleagues for the first time. Since his name is different from that of everyone else, Baldwin is given the moniker "New Bruce" to avoid confusion. John Cleese's character (who in a later sketch is called Bruce Beer) recites the seven faculty rules at the University of Woolloomooloo:
# No Poofters.
# No member of the faculty is to maltreat the "Abbos" in any way whatsoever—if there's "anyone" watching.
# No Poofters.
# I don't want to catch anyone "not" drinking in their room after lights out.
# No Poofters.
# There is "no..." rule six.
# No Poofters.
The sketch is one of the most quoted sketches from the series, partly due to the fact it also featured on the "Matching Tie and Handkerchief" album, and in many of the team's stage shows, where it would be capped with a performance of
The Philosophers' Song. The song does not feature in the original TV version, which instead ends with the first Bruces saying " Sidney Nolan! What's that?" pointing to the ear of fourth Bruce returning to that episode's running joke, "how to recognise different parts of the body," with the voice over saying, "Number nine. The ear." Monty Python Live at Drury Lane
A slightly different version of the sketch is recorded on this album.
* [http://youtube.com/watch?v=_f_p0CgPeyA The sketch on YouTube ]
* [http://www.ibras.dk/montypython/episode22.htm#2 The script]
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