Election Night Special


Election Night Special

"Election Night Special" is a Monty Python sketch parodying the coverage of United Kingdom general elections, specifically the 1970 general election on the BBC by including hectic (and downright silly) actions by the media and a range of ridiculous candidates.

Throughout the sketch, the Linkman (John Cleese) excitedly reports the results of the elections in Leicester, Luton, Harpenden, and other municipalities, such as Engelbert Humperdinck taking Barrow. Usually the two major parties are the Sensible Party and the Silly Party, though occasional third-party candidates (Slightly Silly, Very Silly) make their appearance. The "Blackadder" episode "Dish and Dishonesty" features an election scene which clearly owes a debt to this sketch.

This sketch was featured in Episode 19 of the "Monty Python's Flying Circus" TV series, which aired November 3, 1970. A somewhat different version of the sketch (leading into The Lumberjack Song) was also featured on the "Monty Python Live at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane" album. ref|drurychanges

The candidates and their vote totals

Leicester:

*Arthur J. Smith (SENSIBLE) - 30,612
*Jethro Q. Walrustitty (SILLY) - 32,108

Luton:

*Alan Jones (SENSIBLE) - 9,112
*Tarquin Fin-tim-lin-bin-whin-bim-lim-bus-stop-F'tang-F'tang-Olé-Biscuitbarrel (SILLY) - 12,441
*Kevin Phillips-Bong (SLIGHTLY SILLY) - 0 (nought)

Harpenden:

*Mr Elsie ZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzOOP (SILLY) - 26,317
*James Walker (SENSIBLE) - 26,318
*Malcolm Peter Brian Telescope Adrian Umbrella Stand Jasper Wednesday (pops mouth twice) Stoatgobbler John Raw Vegetable (sound effect of horse whinnying) Arthur Norman Michael (blows squeaker) Featherstone Smith (blows whistle) Northgot Edwards Harris (fires pistol, then 'whoop') Mason (chuff-chuff-chuff-chuff) Frampton Jones Fruitbat Gilbert (sings) 'We'll keep a welcome in the' (three shots, stops singing) Williams If I Could Walk That Way Jenkin (squeaker) Tiger-drawers Pratt Thompson (sings) 'Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head' Darcy Carter (horn) Pussycat 'Don't Sleep In The Subway' Barton Mainwaring (hoot, 'whoop') Smith (VERY SILLY) - 2

Other results:

*Engelbert Humperdinck gains Barrow in Furness from Ann Haydon-Jones and her husband Pip.
*Mary Whitehouse taking Umbrage, which the presenter claims will cause a bit of trouble.
*Arthur Negus has held Bristols. "That's not a result that's just a bit of gossip". (Bristol is a city, "bristols" is slang for breasts.)
*Wales isn't swinging at all; no surprises there according to the presenter.
*Monty Python holds the Credits, which then start.

Notes

# Among other changes: The live version at Drury Lane gave a shorter name to the Very Silly candidate in Harpenden and changed some of the first syllables of Tarquin's surname, making it Fin-tim-lim-bim-(brief pause)lim-bim-bim-bim-bim. Sensible Candidate James Walker became Jeannette Walker, and Silly Candidate Jethro Q. Walrustitty was referred to as Jethro Q. Bunn Whackett Buzzard Stubble and Boot Walrustitty ("Bun, Whacket, Buzzard, Stubble and Boot" was an early name considered for what became "Monty Python."). Elsie Zzzzzzzzzzzz was also referred to as Mrs rather than Mr.
*The changed name for the aforementioned Very Silly candidate was "Malcolm Peter Brian Telescope Adrian Blackpool Rock Stoatgobbler John Raw Vegetable Brrroooo Norman Michael (rings bell) (blows whistle) Edward (sounds car horn) (does train impersonation) (sounds buzzer) Thomas Moo... (sings) "We'll keep a welcome in the..." (fires gun) William (sound of whoopee whistle) "Raindrops keep falling on my" (weird noise) "Don't sleep in the subway" (cuckoo cuckoo) Naaoooo... Smith."
*Tarquin Fin-tim-lin-bin-whin-bim-lim-bus-stop-F'tang-F'tang-Olé-Biscuitbarrel later made another appearance in the third season's "Spot the Looney" sketch.
*As predicted within the sketch, the Very Silly candidate split the Silly vote = his two votes would have been enough for Elsie ZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzOOP to hold Harpenden.

ee also

* Official Monster Raving Loony Party
* Tarquin Fin-tim-lin-bin-whin-bim-lim-bus-stop-F'tang-F'tang-Olé-Biscuitbarrel

External links

* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31FFTx6AKmU The sketch on YouTube ]
* [http://orangecow.org/pythonet/sketches/election.htm "Election Night Special" script]


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