Fellowship of Saints and Sinners

Fellowship of Saints and Sinners


Good Friday Humor, Part 2: Monty Python’s Dead Parrot Skit

“This isn’t a parrot. This is an ex-parrot!” John Cleese’s character says to pet shop owner (Michael Palin) in an attempt to return his dead Norwegian blue parrot.

Last year around this time I wrote a post that asked how appropriate humor is on Good Friday. A sermon written from the perspective of Pilate’s wife, Claudia, had sparked associations with Monty Python’s rendition of Pilate in the movie, “Life of Brian”- but, I had asked, is it appropriate to joke in a sermon on the darkest day of the church calendar?

Many of you chimed in with a resounding “yes.”

This year, I’ll be preaching again on Good Friday at the same service, this time from the perspective of the maidservant in the high priest Caiphas’ court, the one associated with Peter’s three-fold denial of Christ. (If you’re in the Atlanta area, by the way, consider coming to this special service, flyer here, where a diverse array of formidable women preachers from different traditions will walk with Jesus to the cross taking the perspective of the various women who appear in the Passion narrative.) And, I’m not sure what it says that once again Monty Python has come to this preacher girl’s rescue, this time in the form of the dead parrot routine. If you’re unfamiliar with it, here it is, for a few laughs at the start of Holy Week 2013:

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