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Neteru
30-11-04, 06:40
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Monty Python's Dead Parrot sketch has topped a Radio Times poll to find the best alternative comedy sketch.

More than 1,200 people voted in the poll with Dead Parrot getting twice as many votes as its nearest rival.

The Python's Four Yorkshiremen was second with Little Britain's Lou and Andy by the Pool at number three.

But ex-Python John Cleese told the magazine he remembered the sketch less fondly, saying: "I get fed up with it. Repetition kills everything."

He added: "It's not just the parrot, it's the silly walks and all the rest of it."

The poll was commissioned to coincide with a BBC Four documentary marking the 25th anniversary of Amnesty International's ground-breaking fundraiser the Secret Policeman's Ball.

Cleese, with the aid of his address book, helped organise the first show which brought together a host of comedy stars to raise money for the charity.

He described it as "a bit rough round the edges, more in the spirit of a university revue than some enormous multimedia production".

The Python team have four sketches in the top 10 - The Ministry of Silly Walks and The Spam Song making up the quartet of entries.

Full story bbc.co.uk (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/tv_and_radio/4052641.stm)

Top ten alternative comedy sketches
</font> Dead Parrot (Python)</font> Four Yorkshiremen (Python)</font> Lou and Andy by the Pool (Little Britain)</font> Going for English (Goodness Gracious Me)</font> Brown baby (Harry Enfield)</font> Ministry of Silly Walks (Python)</font> One Leg Too Few (Dudley Moore)</font> Papa Lazarou (League of Gentlemen)</font> Two Soups (Julie Walters in Victoria Wood)</font> The Spam Song (Python)</font>

Neteru
30-11-04, 06:42
I have to say, despite being a fan of Monty Python, my favourite in the list is Two Soups. This sketch has stuck in my mind for years and Julie Walters is just brilliant in it.