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Whither Canada? 

'It's Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart', Famous Deaths, Italian Lesson, Whizzo Butter, 'It's the Arts', Arthur "Two-Sheds" Jackson, Cycling Race, and The Funniest Joke in the World.


Ian MacNaughton, John Howard Davies (uncredited)





Episode complete credited cast:
Graham Chapman ... Announcer / Voice Over #2 / Mr. Bruce Foster of Guildford / Helmut / Pepperpot #1 / Sir Edward Ross / Ron Geppo / Scottland Yard's Crack Inspector / The Colonel / Otto (A Gestapo Officer) / A different Gestapo Officer / Englishwoman
John Cleese ... Voice Over #1 / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart / Mariolini / Pepperpot #2 / Interviewer #2 / Viking / Sam Trench / General #2 / Officer / Joke Victim / Nazi
Eric Idle ... Eddie Waring / Francesco / Interviewer #3 / Vicky / Reg Moss / Voice Over #3 / Mrs. Scribbler / Officer / German Joker / Narrator
Terry Jones ... Italian Teacher / Pepperpot #3 / Arthur 'Two Sheds' Jackson / Private / Commentator / Bespectacled Weedy-Lance Corporal / Joke Corporal / German General / Englishman
Michael Palin ... It's Man / Genghis Khan / Giuseppe / Interviewer #1 / Linkman / Raymond Baxter / Pepperpot #4 / General #1 / Ernest Scribbler / Officer / Joke Victim / Interrogated Officer / German Radio Voice
Carol Cleveland ... Various Roles (credit only)
Terry Gilliam ... Wizzo Butter Announcer / Guard


'It's Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart', Famous Deaths, Italian Lesson, Whizzo Butter, 'It's the Arts', Arthur "Two-Sheds" Jackson, Cycling Race, and The Funniest Joke in the World.

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5 October 1969 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


The funniest joke in the world is what Eric Idle refers to as "German gibberish". But for those who can handle it, it is, "Wenn ist das Nunstruck git und Slotermeyer? Ja! Beiherhund das Oder die Flipperwaldt gersput! " See more »


During the "funniest joke in the world" sketch, when testing the joke out on Salisbury plain (during the war in the 1940's), a red 1960's car drives past in the background. See more »


Announcer: Yes, mothers, new improved Whizzo Butter, containing 10% more less, is absolutely indistinguishable from a dead crab!
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits run sideways across the screen. As they run, John Cleese's voice is heard saying, "The final score, Pigs 9, British Bipeds 4. The Pigs go on to face Vicki Carr in the finals." See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD version has a slightly different musical introduction to the Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson interview. Both are based on the same theme from the fourth movement of Beethoven's Fourth Symphony, but while the TV version features an excerpt from the recapitulation, the DVD version has an excerpt from the exposition. See more »


Das Lied der Deutschen
Lyrics by August Heinrich Hoffman von Fallersleben (uncredited)
Music by Franz Joseph Haydn (uncredited)
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Probably the funniest TV series ever
20 August 2019 | by Stevieboy666See all my reviews

I was introduced to the TV series of Monty Python back in the 1980's when they were showing repeats on BBC2 on Say nights. The only reason that I started watching them was because I was staying up to watch the season of horror films that followed, and at first I just didn't get it. But that soon changed and I became hooked. I recently bought many of the series on VHS and started from the beginning with episode 1 of series 1. The World's Funniest Joke, absolutely genius. And the evening Italian language class to a bunch of Italians, brilliant. Terry Gilliam and his crazy animation. This was a fantastic start and things were only to get better.

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