Pharyngula

As soon as Richard Dawkins opens his mouth, I started laughing…and when Ted Haggard starts singing, well, I lost it. You must watch this video!

Comments

  1. #1 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    April 5, 2007

    Coffee on my monitor.

  2. #2 Blake Stacey
    April 5, 2007

    Fantastic!

  3. #3 Ian H Spedding FCD
    April 5, 2007

    Ted Haggard singing “The Lumberjack Song” is priceless!

    And while Richard Dawkins maintained a sort of steely civility when talking to Haggard, I did get the impression that, barely contained underneath, there was the sort of quivering outrage that Cleese does so well.

  4. #4 MartinC
    April 5, 2007

    Excellent.
    Theres another parody of that meeting floating about here.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBC5L6cyq2Y

  5. #5 Mick
    April 5, 2007

    Where is the original footage from?

  6. #6 Stephen Ockham
    April 5, 2007

    Oi, the parrot-counter-knocking noise at the begining woke up my dog, who was dozing behind my chair, and set her to ‘berzerk’ mode.

    Fortunately, my coffee cup was empty (how often do I think that). I guess I’ll have to check it out later then.

  7. #7 Bruce
    April 5, 2007

    I read your lead and put my coffee down first before playing the vid; glad I did.
    Thanks for the silliness!

  8. #8 Carlie
    April 5, 2007

    I haven’t laughed that hard in ages. Simple idea, but the editing was done really well.

  9. #9 beepbeepitsme
    April 5, 2007

    That was brilliant. Good old Monty Python. And the lumberjack song was so apt for Ted Haggard.

  10. #10 TheJerrylander
    April 5, 2007

    Marvelous, simply brilliant.
    I was quite surprised to see real talent in Haggard, his Shopkeeper/Michael Palin act was pretty good… but, actually, he is pretty good at making me laugh anyway (or cringe, at times).

  11. #11 severalspeciesof
    April 5, 2007

    That was brilliant… in so many ways.

    Maybe I’ll see if playing the Monty Python sketch audio over the Wizard of Oz movie might have the same effect. Or maybe play the Wizard of Oz movie over the Dawkins/Haggard segment, or Darkside of the Moon…or…

    The possibilities are endless!

  12. #12 JamesR
    April 5, 2007

    Now that is what I call appropriate use of technology. The Lumberjack song: Excellent.

  13. #13 Håvard
    April 5, 2007

    For the one who wondered: The footage was from “Root of All Evil?”, a documentary by Dawkins in two parts. I think that was from part 2, though I am not certain.

  14. #14 Håvard
    April 5, 2007

    For the one who wondered: The footage was from “Root of All Evil?”, a documentary by Dawkins in two parts. I think that was from part 2, though I am not certain.

  15. #15 Chris Rowan
    April 5, 2007

    It’s from Part I of ‘Root of All Evil’, somewhere towards the end of the first half hour, I recall.

  16. #16 Louis
    April 5, 2007

    Now THAT is funny.

    Louis

  17. #17 TAW
    April 5, 2007

    For those of you who haven’t seen it, this is the original parrot scene http://www.bestofgooglevideo.com/video.php?video=46

  18. #18 Tuomo Hämäläinen
    April 5, 2007

    The original scetch ended in words:

    “Owner(Haggard in video): (quietly) D’you…. d’you want to come back to my place?
    Mr. Praline(Dawkins): (looks around) Yeah, all right, sure.”

    That would be funnier ending… When we remember which kind of “moral character” Haggard is!

  19. #19 Tuomo Hämäläinen
    April 5, 2007

    The original scetch ended in words:

    “Owner(Haggard in video): (quietly) D’you…. d’you want to come back to my place?
    Mr. Praline(Dawkins): (looks around) Yeah, all right, sure.”

    That would be funnier ending… When we remember which kind of “moral character” Haggard is!

  20. #20 Apikoros
    April 5, 2007

    Youtube has the original conversation between Dawkins and Haggard here:

    Clicky!

    I must say that parroting Michael Palin is ultimately less embarrassing for Haggard.

  21. #21 Bob O'H
    April 5, 2007

    Pedant’s corner: it’s not even the original Dead Parrot Sketch.

    Mind you, the original wouldn’t work so well: they don’t dance like that in Bolton (or Ipswich).

    Bob

  22. #22 Warren
    April 5, 2007

    Genius.

    Genius.

  23. #23 Will Von Wizzlepig
    April 5, 2007

    Bravo! Bravo!

    More please.

  24. #24 John C. Randolph
    April 5, 2007

    For those who haven’t seen it, here’s the South Park tribute to Monty Python:

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5363149995608523238&q=south+park+monty+python&hl=en

    -jcr

  25. #25 John C. Randolph
    April 5, 2007
  26. #26 Chinchillazilla
    April 6, 2007

    Dammit, it’s too late for me to be laughing this hard. Now I’ll never get to sleep. That’s what I get, I guess…

  27. #27 Kris Shanks
    April 6, 2007

    I haven’t laughed that hard in ages.

  28. #28 Monado
    April 6, 2007

    This fits in really well with the Monty Python does ID sketch from January, 2006, Chez Watt.