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“Literary Football Discussion” opens with a letter from “Ivor Bigbottie (Age two)” apologizing for the late arrival of his letter, that should have been read at the beginning of the programme. We then cut to a smartly dressed Eric Idle as the over-analysing interviewer trying his best to engage Jimmy Buzzard (John Cleese), a British footballer, in a discussion regarding his “almost Proustian display of modern existentialist football…”. A bemused Jimmy Buzzard stares blankly back as the persistent interviewer tries repeatedly to question him about his team’s “aggressive Kantian positivism” and how he seems “to have discovered a new concept” with a mode in which to “dissect the Italian defense”. The sheer level of thinking required to process the interviewer’s questions seems to be beyond Buzzard, who responds to all of the questions with one of three lines: “Good evening, Brian”, “Well Brian…I’m opening a boutique”, and “I hit the ball first time and there it was in the back of net”. The sketch ends with the interviewer giving up on Buzzard’s inability to have an intellectual discussion about football and throwing away his note cards.
“Literary Football Discussion” Premiered on 28 December 1969 in Series 1, Episode 11 of “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”.
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