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Monty Python - Sit on My Face [Satire]

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This video is from Monty Python at the Hollywood Bowl, and if you like this sketch I suggest you watch the whole thing. One of my all-time favourites.


50 points · 6 months ago

What flavor is it?

Radio GaGa
91 points · 6 months ago


30 points · 6 months ago

Do you get wafers with it?

Of course you don't get fucking wafers with it! It's bleeding albatross!

Got any choc ices?


How much is it?

Get it on a stick!

Watch the whole thing? You must be out yer bloody mind. When I was a young lad, we didn't have any fancy video boxes. We had cardboard cutouts and a lump of coal until we had to burn it to cook t'cat.


11 points · 6 months ago

Cardboard cutouts and coal! You lucky bastard. We had a ball of mud and stick. And we were bloody well happy to have that!

Look at this fat cat with the calories to be happy

Live at the Hollywood Bowl was great. Touched on some of their funniest and most cherished skits...and is one of the few dvds I managed to keep in good shape over the years.

Never be rude to an Arab...

An Israeli, or Saudi, or Jew....

Never be rude to an Irishman no matter what you do...

When someone has to point out that Monty python’s satire is satire it is unfortunate and makes me want to silly walk to the nearest authority

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My favorite live comedy show of all time. No one did it better, and this particular show was a home run. Definitely give it a watch if you haven’t.

I thought I'd seen all the Pythons' stuff. That's hilarious! Cleese said he got tired of writing by committe, but together, they were fu**ing brilliant.

One of my all-time favorites is the Four Yorkshiremen sketch (that link is the older version) The version that goes with this post is here.

Cleese was brilliant though in any situation. If you havnt watched fawlty towers do it now.
37 points · 6 months ago

Farty Towels?

Watery fowls

Flowery twats

28 points · 6 months ago

There's also the one-shot How to Irritate People. Example skit:

There is no cause for alarm. The wings are not on fire.

John Cleese did a whole mess of training videos in the 80s and 90s, and my dad was the head of HR for his company. So his department was familiar with John please. One day he summoned them all for meeting and told them they were going to watch a training video on interviewing… And he showed them the interview bit from How to Irritate People. I wish I’d had a boss that cool just once in my life!

5!...4!...3!...2!...1!... Brrrrrrrr!

Gooooooood-a niiiiiiiiiiiiight. Ding-a-ding, ding, ding, ding.

‘Video Arts’. Back in the day I used to duplicate them professionally. Still remember them. Absolutely excellent.

"I am sorry! I must go punish myself!"

Fawlty? What’s wrong with him?

Do you by chance wear a hearing aid madam?

A what?


I haven’t got it turned on, it runs the batteries down.

I love John Cleese & his post-Python work. He was great in A Fish Called Wanda (as was Michael Palin), and he was great in The Day the Earth Stood Still. He's got range.

Funny you would mention Fawlty Towers, 'cause back in the 70s, when I was still getting high, we used to watch Fawlty Towers and laughed our asses off. I just went back and started re-watching it on Netflix. It's a whole different style of writing the Python stuff. It's more throwback, Vaudevillian/burlesque-style (physical, miscommunication, and stereotype [read: "borderline racist/sexist"] hate my mother-in-law/domineering wife) humor. Still a fun show, though.

The Python work was more often absurdist, edgy, erudite, and surreal, with social & political commentary. That's my favorite stuff.

ive never seen the BW version before. but this sketch always makes my sides hurt.


Is that Igor from Young Frankenstein on the right!?

11 points · 6 months ago

No, its pronounced Eye-gor (and yes its Marty Feldman, its from At last the 1948 show)

Be sure to check out his bookshop sketch, which originated from "1948".

Ethel the Aardvark Goes Quantity Surveying?!?! Priceless!

The first link is from At Last the 1948 Show.

And that's Marty Feldman all the way on the right (stage left), who worked a lot with Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder in later years. He played Igor (pronounced "eye - gor") in Young Frankenstein (pronounced "fronk - in - shteen").

Luxury! Love that skit.

Yeah, "Loog-shuh-raye" became a regular catch-phrase in our group of friends; still pops up now and again.

163 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

Amazingly when I was travelling in Eastern Europe I ended up doing a white water rafting expedition in Bosnia/Montenegro. It was epic. It was right at the tail end of the season so 5/6 campsites were already closed for the season and one remained. To start off with I was literally the only person at the campsite. The staff there advised in semi-French/Serbian/hand signals that a bus was coming later with loads of guys and girls. I thought, sweet - should be fun. About 9:30 pm rolled around and a bus 19 Norwegian Choir Boys got off the bus. No joke!!! The link to this story is that they were a seriously high-end choir earning 1000's of Euros per 15 minutes. They also specialised in Monty Python spoofs and would regularly bust out in perfect harmony to tunes such as this one while meandering down the canyon. I've got a video of them somewhere while we were at a bus stop as we went our different ways. They were insanely funny and talented!

Edit: link to FB removed after advice. Will re-post from YouTube when I can

8 points · 6 months ago

Post the vid! That would be so cool to see!

It's been added in the above post

That’s fucking great. Thanks for sharing the story and video.

Only 4 likes for that? Your FB friends suck.

That was fantastic, thanks for posting.

Dude, you just doxxed yourself. I recommend you repost that to YouTube if you'd really like to share it. There are shit people on the Internet.

Cheers dude. Noted and will re-post later on


Hahaha utterly brilliant

I still find it odd to see Terry Gilliam on stage or in front of a camera. I know he's a member, but growing up on MPFC, you usually only ever saw him when they showed the cartoonist "die" or something. He was not a regular on-camera member, and the few times where he was in a sketch, he never seemed as smooth as the other Pythons. Though, I have to admit he was pretty brilliant with those coconuts though.

82 points · 6 months ago

I loved him as “We’ve got lumps of it ‘round the back” torturer guy in Brian. And the liver donor in Meaning of Life.

D-don't listen to 'im sir. He's mmm... mmm... mmm... MAD.

My favorite line of anything ever.

39 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

He was their go-to guy for weird, dialogue-light walk-on parts. Stuff where he could dress up silly and gurn for the camera. He was all over Flying Circus if you know to look out for him!

Edit: here's a thread about it

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Go to cursor was a typo - I've fixed it now. (Early morning phone typing, hooray!)

Gurning is pulling weird faces.

Gurn. Gurn -- it's got a sort of woody quality about it. Gurn. Gu-u-urn. Much better than 'newspaper' or 'litter bin’.

Dreadful tinny sort of words!

He had some brilliant bits in Flying Circus!

Yes he did. Cardinal Fang! The original naked organ guy! The rubber chicken Knight! The "was wearing" Viking! :)

This is my only line!

He was patsy in Holy Grail. He was perfect in that role.

Though, I have to admit he was pretty brilliant with those coconuts though.

4 points · 6 months ago

He never said where he got them from in the end.

They could grip the coconuts by the husk.

2 points · 6 months ago


So, are you suggesting coconuts migrate?

Terry Gilliam is the only Python from the US (Grand Rapids, MN) and didn't really like to be in front of the camera. As others have mentioned he is there but mostly background. Every so often he'd do a sketch where they needed an American (most of the Python's weren't very good at an American accent [which is also hilarious to hear and realize, "oh, that's their American accent!"]).

Gilliam is Cardinal Fang!

101 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

Lately I've been singing this almost daily, for no reason. The final verse is fun and hard to sing for a non-native speaker: "Life can be fine when we['re] both sixtynine and we sit on our faces in all sorts of places and play 'til we're blown away".

edit: removed an 'are'

For the last year ever time Trump brings up how close he is with China I get "I like Chinese" stuck in my head...

I like their tiny little trees...

They come from a long way overseas!

But they're cute and they're cuddly, and they're ready to please.

I like Chinese food, The waiters never are rude,

3 points · 6 months ago

Think of the many things they've done to impress!

They’re cute and they’re cuddly...

9 points · 6 months ago

It's not when we're both sixty-nine but when we both sixty-nine. It's a verb, not an age.

I thought it was a position. :/

yes you're right, that's what it means. we 69, instead of we are 69

This post is very timely. My daughter recently started listening to my Contractual Obligation CD and commented on a car trip about the song not being appropriate for her to listen to. It's been stuck in my head ever since. I'd completely forgotten about it until she mentioned it.

So THAT'S the line! I never knew! Thank you :-)

My dad used to sing this at random moments and I never bothered to think about the meaning of it

Are you me? I knew the first lines to this song for twenty years before I knew what they were from.

11 points · 6 months ago

I may also me you

I me mine?

I'm here for an argument. No you're not. Yes I am.

Genius shit.

Argument is an intellectual process. Contradiction is just the automatic gainsaying of anything the other person says!

No it's not.

It is!


No it isn't.

It is!

When I was into Monty Python as a kid I used to walk around singing this song at the top of my lungs. One day I went to the mall with my brother and dad and started belting it out as we walked in. My father turned to me asked me very nicely to stop singing the song and that I should stop singing it all together. I was like “ok” and didn’t think much of it until I learned what the song was about. I must have embarrassed half the family with my rendition of “sit on my face”. Good times.

113 points · 6 months ago

I need to hear this sung by Sean Connery.

62 points · 6 months ago

You can shove your shilly shing shong up your arshh.

I had to do a Sean Connery impression and sing the song t get your joke.

ah! Thanks, now I geddit

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SO sings this to me on the regular.

Your SO is trying to tell you something. Why are you still on Reddit?

I wish I had an SO that also like MPFC.

Here's the version done at the Concert for George (Harrison)

George was a huge Python fan (big enough that he funded "Life of Brian" with his own money after the studio producing it pulled out).

And if you look closely, you'll notice Tom Hanks is in the choir.

The end of the video is the best.

John Cleese has a nice ass for sure

Original Poster1 point · 6 months ago

I like the last 40 seconds the most.

I know. It's so cheeky.

9 points · 6 months ago

My mom used to sing this around the house all the time when I was little. Then she inexplicably (to me) got mad at me when I sang it when we were out in public.

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That guy is Sean Connery you shon of bitch.

I had this stuck in my head last week

Satire of what?

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Specifically, 'Sing as We Go', though if I were splitting hairs, it's parody rather than satire.

Wow, a whole genre of songs that can only be described in one word:


Yeah, satire is when something is used to comment on or poke fun of something unrelated. Parody is when something is used to poke fun at itself or something related. Sit on my face is a parody of motivational songs.

I like traffic lights, but only when their green.

I like traffic lights That is what I said I like traffic lights But not when they are red

Contractual obligation album is a little know gem.

I like traffic lights

I like traffic lights

I like traffic lights

Although my name's not Bamber...

5 points · 6 months ago

I like traffic lights
I like traffic lights
I like traffic lights
I like traffic lights
I like traffic lights
I like traffic lights
I like traffic lights
But not when they are amber.

Wait, that was the supposed ending? The unfinishness has haunted me for years!

This song as a teenager was my hope of life

4 points · 6 months ago

Now THIS is music

Moderator of r/Music, speaking officially23 points · 6 months ago

Monty Python
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Monty Python is a comedy troupe of 4 Englishmen (John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, Eric Idle), 1 Welshman (Terry Jones) and 1 American (Terry Gilliam), best known for their legendary and influential sketch comedy show "Monty Python's Flying Circus" (which ran for four seasons from 1969 to 1974). The troupe also wrote and starred in the films "And Now for Something Completely Different" (1971), "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (1975), "Monty Python's Life of Brian" (1979), "Monty Python Live At The Hollywood Bowl" (1982) and "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life" (1983). The group formed in 1969 in London, England and ceased normal activity as a comedy troupe in 1983 although the members continue to appear in one another's projects and there have been sporadic reunions since then.

The group includes Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle (the trio from Cambridge, who are all taller than all the other members of the group, and known as the more "aggressive" half of the group), Terry Jones (from Wales), Michael Palin (from Oxford) and Terry Gilliam (Minnesota in the United States). Chapman wrote the sketches with Cleese, Jones wrote with Palin, Idle wrote alone and Gilliam did the animations. Neil Innes and Carol Cleveland have both on occasion been mentioned as the "7th Python".

Graham Chapman, widely known as "The Dead One", died of cancer on October 4, 1989, the day before Python's 20th anniversary (thus being called "the greatest party pooper of all time" by Terry Jones), is tagged as the greatest actor among the group by his fellow Pythons. He had problems with alcohol and was a dedicated smoker of the pipe (he appears with a pipe in his hand in most of the Python sketches). He was known for his outstanding and abstract sense of humour; Cleese states that during their sketch-writing partnership Chapman did not say much, but when he said something it was often brilliant. The term "pepperpot" which is used to describe middle-aged ladies was found by Chapman.

John Cleese, probably the most famous Python on the other side of the Atlantic, is most widely known for his silly walk - the famous walk that he invented for Monty Python's Flying Circus, and repeated in one episode of Fawlty Towers, where he tries very hard not to remind his German visitors of the World War II by doing impersonations of Hitler. He lives in the USA. He played the lead as Basil Fawlty in "Fawlty Towers". He has been reported to be the first man to say "shit" on British TV and the first man to say "fuck" at a British memorial service.

Eric Idle is the composer of most Python songs (along with Neil Innes) such as the Python anthem "Always Look on the Bright Side Of Life" (which is also played after Iron Maiden's shows). His outstanding linguistic abilities have earned him the name "Master of the One-Liner". He created the Beatles parody "The Rutles" along with Neil Innes, and recently adapted the Python movie "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" as a Broadway musical called "Monty Python's Spamalot". His most famous Python role is the character he plays in the "Nudge Nudge" sketch. He is the self-acclaimed third tallest and sixth nicest Python.

Terry Gilliam was the only American in the group and has one of the most successful post-Python careers among the six, as he is the director of hugely popular movies like Brazil, 12 Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and The Fisher King. His part was instrumental in helping Python gain their reputation as a unique comedy group, his animations helping them link sketches (which, of course, don't have punch lines) in an unprecedented manner. He has become a British citizen in early 2006 and renounced his American citizenship shortly afterwards. He acknowledges The Goon Show, a radio show aired in the 1950s on BBC radio, written by Spike Milligan and performed by Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers, as the main reason he chose Britain as his homeland.

Terry Jones is the most successful actor of the woman role (as demonstrated in the Spam sketch, which is only one of numerous occasions in which he has voiced the trademark of a high-pitched female impersonation). He is the director (or co-director) of all Python movies. He has also written, directed and appeared in a few more movies which featured some of his Python mates; despite the fact that these movies aren't quite a match for his work in the Flying Circus, they include some hilarious scenes, such as the singing scene in Erik the Viking. He is the writer of such excellent songs as "I'm So Worried" and "Traffic Lights". He has done a few historical documentaries, and in one of them he briefly acts the part of King Richard III (called "Ring Kichard the Thrid" by the Eric Idle character "the man who speaks entirely in anagrams", which prompts Michael Palin the interviewer to suggest that "Ring Kichard is surely a spoonerism and not an anagram", which results in Eric Idle's character leaving the studio, saying "If you are going to split hairs, I'm going to piss off" (which can serve as a pointer to the Eric Idle-John Cleese movie "Splitting Heirs")).

Michael Palin, known as the nicest python, and the favorite Python to work with for John Cleese, has done numerous travel documentaries during his post-Python career. His amazing sense of humour has inevitably permeated into what would otherwise be just ordinary documentaries (occasions like the Polushka Pole incident and thanking the goddess for her "nice mountain", to name a couple). This nice man, who finds it very difficult to say "no", is the only one who said "no" to a reunion in their 30th year. He is the inventor of the threat "If you don't cooperate, I will get nasty and start using some Dutch words".

As admitted on several occasions, the group likes to dress up as women.

Having said all that, Terry Jones is actually Welsh. Read more on 371,451 listeners, 4,897,349 plays
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I feel like this was written by one of them.

This song was based on the tune of an older song, Sing As You Go.

Similarly, [Sit on my Face - Wheeler Walker Jr.] (

haven't heard this is ages. Back in the late 80s/early 90s, this was the morning wake up song on WYSP in Philly, lol

Fiddlydum fiddlydee it’s Eric the half a bee!

I love him carnally.

3 points · 6 months ago


"Cyril Connelly"..?


This isn’t satire. I’m asking

It is a parody of another song.

3 points · 6 months ago

Monty Python used both, which may be the source of the confusion.

They used sarcasm. They knew all the tricks, dramatic irony, metaphor, bathos, puns, parody, litotes and satire.

Really? Which song?

It comes from a song called "Sing As We Go", written in 1934 and sung by Gracie Fields. This is verified by the man himself, Eric Idle, in one of his past AMAs.

Here's a link to the original for comparison.


Someone needs to write a silly version of the rest of the song!

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I hum this song all the time at work. I sit directly next to my super conservative and prude boss who also loves to hum. I'm really hoping he picks up the tune someday soon...

I get the accountant song stuck in my head, and this one always follows

God. Millennials have just discovered Monty Python. Circle of life.

Everyone discovers Monty Python in middle school or early high school. If they miss it then, they miss it forever. Same goes for Weird Al.

my dad had me watching monty python since before I can remember

Can confirm was about 15/16 when I discovered them and me and my friends were obsessed for a few years.

I discovered Weird Al significantly later, and he still works on me.

18 points · 6 months ago

Monty Python is timeless.

They're comedic legends. Nobody has 'just discovered' them. They've always been there to the point of becoming cultural icons.

Isn't it fantastic that new people can discover one of if not the most influential comedy groups ever and how their humour still works as well as it does almost 45 years later?

Yay. Next they will start enjoying wearing jeans with holes in the knees like Bros is the 80’s... life sooooo great!

I'm sorry to break this to you but Monty Python is from the late 60's to mid 70's and not from the 80's at all.

I’m sorry to break this to you. But everyone knows that. That’s why the comment was about the 80s band Bros and how the circle of life spans one decade to another. I’m sorry to break this to you, but I don’t think you understand basic meanings of words in sentences. Sorry about that. Do you live in a van?

Yeah, no you didn't know Monty Python was from the 60's.

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What's your point, grandpa?

Get back to your nintendo lad. This is adult talk. You wont understand it.

See ya, old man

Good comeback. I won.

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I always like seeing John Cleese. I really enjoy Monty Python and Fawlty Towers (which I recently got into after searching Monty Python on Netflix)

This and the philosophers drinking song are my version of humming while concentrating on something.

"I drink, therefore I am" is such a genius spin.

2 points · 6 months ago

I discovered this on my brothers CD when I was 12 or 13 and it was my favorite thing ever

One of my favourite things about youtube existing is that anytime I need cheering up I have instant access to Monty Python skits. I'm 40 and my older brother, who has passed, got me watching monty python when I was probably too young to even fully understand it. I don't even know how many times I have watched all the films since.


How is this satire?

Yeah, really....a satire of what?

On reddit "satire" is apparently a sophisticated version of "joke".
Every time someone falls for the navy seal copypasta, someone says it's satire

I dedicate this too you

!remindme 1hour

The title takes on a whole new meaning when you read it as “shit on my face”. Dyslexia is a hell of a drug

I like that the title clarifies in brackets that the video is satire. [Satire]

Python programming language takes the name from this group.

Here's the original.

Man this takes me back. First heard this as a .wav I downloaded off the internet, no idea what Monty python was. Just found it hilarious.

This song lol

My favorite live comedy show of all time.

My best friend had this as her voicemail message in college. She no longer has the phone number, but the number still goes right to voicemail: "sit on my face and tell me that you love me..."

My favorite live comedy show of all time.

Sometimes I forget that older generations are just like this one.

This reminds me of the South Park when Randy realizes taking his wife to musicals subliminally convinces her to give him blowjobs.

Makes me laugh out loud every time I see it!

I've never seen the video of this but I've definitely heard the song a million times. Swiped my brother's Monty Python Sings CD when I was 11 and thought it was the best thing ever. I was so sad when the CD finally broke 7 years later.

Terry Gilliam spotted

Face sitting!? That's illegal in the uk.

I bet you they won’t play that song on the radio.

Theresa May's no fan of this. she banned it.

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