Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl
Scene 8 : Silly Walks
From Monty Python’s Flying Circus season 2 episode 1 sketch 4
Mr. Teabag John Cleese
Silly Walks Applicant Michael Palin
Mrs. Twolumps Carol Cleveland
Mr. Teabag Good morning. I’m sorry to have kept you waiting, but I’m afraid my walk has become rather silly over these months, so it takes so long to get to the office. Now,uhm, what was it again?
Silly Walks Applicant Uh, well sir, I-I-I I have got a silly walk and I’d like to obtain government backing to help me develop it.
Mr. Teabag I see. Well, may I see this silly walk of yours?
Silly Walks Applicant Oh, yes, certainly.
Mr. Teabag Yes, I see, tha-tha-that’s it, is it?
Silly Walks Applicant Ah, well, yes, that’s it.
Mr. Teabag Yes, yes, yes. It’s not particularly silly, is it?
Silly Walks Applicant Well, ah-ah…
Mr. Teabag I mean, the left leg isn’t silly at all and the right leg merely does a four dare O’Brian half turn every alternate step.
Silly Walks Applicant Yes, but I feel with a federal grant I could make it a lot more silly.
Mr. Teabag Mr. Stagback, the very real problem is what I find out. You see, there’s defense, education, housing, health, social security, silly walks. They’re all supposed to get the same. But last year the government spent less on Silly Walks than they did on industrial organisation. We’re supposed to get348 millions pounds a year to cover our entire Silly Walks proposal. Coffee?
Silly Walks Applicant Yes, please.
Mr. Teabag Hello, uh, Mrs. Twolumps, uhm, could we have two cups of coffee, please.
Mrs. Twolumps Yes, Mr. Teabag.
Mr. Teabag Mad as a hatter. You see, the Israelis they have a man who can take his own left leg off and swallow it with every alternate step, whereas the Japanese, cunning electronically obsessed little…
(Mrs. Twolumps’ bobbles tray making splashes)
Mr. Teabag Yes, thank you, Mrs. Twolumps. You’re…you’re really interested in silly walks, aren’t you?Silly Walks Applicant Right there!
Mr. Teabag Right, well, take a look at this!