49 of Monty Python's most absurdly funny jokes and quotes

The work of legendary comedy ensemble Monty Python has been entertaining fans for nearly 50 years with its wonderfully surreal wit. And there are fresh reasons to celebrate the group's legacy.

The work of legendary comedy ensemble Monty Python has been entertaining fans for nearly 50 years with its wonderfully surreal wit. And there are fresh reasons to celebrate the group's legacy.

Bizarre song-packed movie The Meaning Of Life turns 35 next week, while Netflix is adding a whole load of films and TV from the ensemble in April.

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So here are some of Palin, Chapman, Idle, Jones, Cleese and Gilliam's finest (and funniest) jokes and quotes to savour.

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From Monty Python and the Holy Grail

"Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government."

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Bedevere: "What makes you think she is a witch?" Peasant: "She turned me into a newt." Bedevere: "A newt?" Peasant: "Well I got better."

"I am an enchanter. There are some who call me...Tim."

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Black Knight: "Tis but a scratch." King Arthur: "A scratch? Your arm's off!"

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King Arthur: "Look, you stupid b***ard, you've got no arms left!"Black Knight: "Yes I have."King Arthur: "Look!"Black Knight: "It's just a flesh wound..."

Black Knight: "Right, I'll do you for that!" King Arthur: "You'll what?" Black Knight: "Come here!" King Arthur: "What are you gonna do, bleed on me?"

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[French soldier to Arthur]: "I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries..."

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[Knights who say Ni to Arthur] "You must cut down the mightiest tree in the forest with...a herring!"

"What sad times are these when passing ruffians can say 'Ni' at will to old ladies."

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"Come and see the violence inherent in the system. Help! Help! I'm being repressed!"

"Who's that then?""I dunno, must be a king.""Why?""He hasn't got sh** all over him."