Eric the Half-a-Bee

Eric the Half-a-Bee

"Eric the Half-A-Bee" is a song by the British comedy troupe Monty Python. It first appeared on the LP "Monty Python's Previous Record" but is also on "Monty Python Sings" and "The Final Rip Off" 2-CD set. The song followed the routine called "Fish Licence" in which Mr Eric Praline, played by John Cleese, tried to obtain a pet licence for a halibut and numerous other pets, all called Eric. One such pet is half a bee. The song relates a tragic yet heartwarming tale, stemming from an accident on one summer's afternoon.

The lyrics raise philosophical questions as to the existence or not of half a bee: "Half a bee, philosophically, must "ipso facto" half not be. But half the bee has got to be "vis-à-vis" its entity - d'you see? But can a bee be said to be or not to be an entire bee when half the bee is not a bee due to some ancient injury?"

It is one of John Cleese's personal favorites of the sketches that he has doneFact|date=May 2008.


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