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Eric Praline (John Cleese) is a put-upon customer who seeks to obtain a licence for his pet halibut, Eric, although he has difficulty explaining to the clerk (Michael Palin) how all pets should be licensed. The clerk repeatedly calls Praline a "loony", to which Praline angrily replies by naming famous people who kept odd pets. In response to the clerk's assurance that there is no such thing as (and no need for) a fish licence, Praline requests a statement to that fact signed by the Lord Mayor. The superhumanly tall Lord Mayor (Graham Chapman), with full regalia and entourage, enters the office and hands a thunderstuck Praline the signed statement. An announcer (also Cleese) reverently narrates the exchange, ending by saying that Praline has "gone spare".
The sketch was orignally featured in Episode 10 of Series 2 of 'Monty Python's Flying Circus' which first broadcast on 1 December 1970.
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