Holy Saturday Reblogged: The Gospel according to Monty Python

by Richard on March 26, 2005

From the sacred texts of the cult of Monty Python, viii, “Full frontal nudity” (first broadcast December 14, 1969)

Customer: Hello, I wish to register a complaint… Hello? Miss?

Shopkeeper: What do you mean, miss?

Customer: I’m sorry, I have a cold. I wish to make a complaint.

Shopkeeper: Sorry, we’re closing for lunch.

Customer: Never mind that my lad. I wish to complain about this parrot what I purchased not half an hour ago from this very boutique.

Shopkeeper: Oh yes, the, uh, the Norwegian Blue…What’s,uh…What’s wrong with it?

C: I’ll tell you what’s wrong with it, my lad. ‘E’s dead, that’s what’s wrong with it!

S: No, no, ‘e’s uh,…he’s resting.

C: Look, matey, I know a dead parrot when I see one, and I’m looking at one right now.

S: No no he’s not dead, he’s, he’s restin’! Remarkable bird, the Norwegian Blue, idn’it, ay? Beautiful plumage!

C: The plumage don’t enter into it. It’s stone dead.

S: No, no! It’s just resting!

You’re entitled to wonder what this has to do with today. I’ve just done a Google search on “Holy Week events” to see what’s beeing said about today. I’ve discovered that there is a stock phrase in use: “Jesus rested in the tomb while his disciples observed the Sabbath”

I hate to be blunt, but that’s pious nonsense. It makes it sound as if Jesus has just gone for a little lie down. But he’s not resting. He’s dead.

I mean, like, really dead. Isn’t that the whole point?

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }


DaveW 03.26.05 at 10:55 am

That is one of the all time great sketches and absolutely 100% with you. After being crucified and put in a tomb Jesus was very dead. After all he was not the first or last to be killed by the Romans, they were pretty good at it and hard to fool.


Rob 03.26.05 at 11:14 pm

Two comments:

1. That was very insightful.
2. I hope no one you know reads that.
3. I hope no one I know reads that I read it.

PS: Is the use of three items in a 2 item comment a) Monty Pythonesque, b) HHGTTG Trilogyesque or c) Old Testamentesque?


Kristofer 03.28.05 at 8:09 am

Hi, I really like that you saw the connection to the parrot sketch. Wonderful.


rev-ed 03.28.05 at 11:57 pm

An interesting tie-in. Only difference I see is that while the Norweigan Blue was pushing up daisies, Jesus was in Paradise, although His body remained in the tomb.


rev mommy 03.29.05 at 3:45 am

Fabulous! I have to preach in class on Thursday — do you mind if I use this as an example?


Richard 03.29.05 at 8:23 am

By all means, “mommy” — be my guest!

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