The Dinosaur Sketch
From "Monty Python's Flying Circus" and "Monty Python's Previous
Television Host (Graham Chapman): Good evening. Tonight - dinosaurs. I have here
sitting in the studio next to me an elk. Aaagghhhh! Oh, I'm sorry, Anne Elk, Mrs Anne Elk.
Miss Elk (John Cleese, as a very prim lady): Miss.
Host: Miss Anne Elk, who is an expert on the...
Elk: No, no, no, Anne Elk.
Elk: Anne Elk, not Anne Expert.
Host: No, no, I was saying that you, Miss Elk, were an, A.N. not A.N.N.E., expert...
Host: ...on elks - I'm sorry, on dinosaurs.
Elk: Yes, I certainly am, Chris, how very true, my word yes!
Host: Now, Miss Elk - Anne - you have a new theory about the brontosaurus.
Elk: Could I just say, Chris, for one moment that I have a new theory about the
Host: Er... exactly. What is it?
Host: No, no, no. What is your theory?
Elk: Oh, what is my theory?
Elk: Oh what is my theory, that it is. Yes, well you may well ask, what is my theory.
Host: (slightly impatient) I am asking.
Elk: And well you may. Yes my word you may well ask what it is, this theory of mine.
Well, this theory that I have--that is to say, which is mine-- ...is mine.
Host: (more impatient) I know it's yours. What is it?
Elk: Where? Oh, what is my theory?
Elk: Oh, my theory that I have follows the lines I am about to relate. (Coughs) Ahem.
Ahem. Ahem. Ahem. Ahem. Ahem.
Host: Oh God.
Elk: Ahem. Ahem. Ahem. Ahem. Ahem. Ahem. Ahem. Ahem. Ahem. Ahem. Ahem. Ahem.
[Impatient noises from Host]
The Theory, by A. Elk. That's A for Anne, it's not by a elk.
Elk: This theory which belongs to me is as follows. Ahem. Ahem. This is how it goes.
Ahem. The next thing that I am about to say is my theory. Ahem. Ready?
Elk: The Theory by A. Elk brackets Miss brackets. My theory is along the following
Host: Oh God.
Elk: All brontosauruses are thin at one end, much MUCH thicker in the middle, and then
thin again at the far end. That is the theory that I have and which is mine, and what it
Host: That's it, is it?
Elk: Right, Chris.
Host: Well, Anne, this theory of yours seems to have hit the nail on the head.
Elk: And it's mine.
Host: (ironical) Thank you for coming along to the studio.
Elk: My pleasure, Chris.
Host: Er...Britain's newest wasp farm...
Elk: It's been a lot of fun.
Host: ...opened last week...
Elk: Saying what my theory is.
Host: Yes, thank you.
Elk: And whose it is.
Host: Yes. ...opened last week...
Elk: I have another theory.
Host: Not today, thank you.
Elk: My theory number two, which is the second theory that I have. Ahem! This theory...
Host: Oh look...shut up!
Elk: ...is what I am about to say...
Host: Oh please shut up!
Elk: ...which, with what I have said, are the two theories that are mine and belong to
Host: Look, if you don't shut up I shall shoot you.
Elk: Ahem! My brace of theories, which I possess the ownership of, which belongs to
Elk: Ahem. The Theory the Second by Anne...
(MACHINE GUN FIRE)