“The Idiot in Rural Society” from Monty Python’s Flying Circus

“The Idiot in Rural Society” from Monty Python’s Flying Circus

A mockumentary on the daily routine and role of a village idiot, it’s five minutes of John Cleese playing a dignified rube discussing his history and training regiment for being a gibbering idiot who runs into things.

“Nairobi Trio” from The Ernie Kovacs Show, 1956

“Nairobi Trio” from The Ernie Kovacs Show, 1956

Ernie Kovacs most representative sketch was probably this one, in which he put three men in ape suits and had them mime to a twee piano tune. Like a lot of Kovacs’s work, it’s not exactly funny, just remarkably offbeat ‘ and recognizable in dozens of comic descendants.