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The “Undertaker Sketch” begins when a bereaved gentleman (John Cleese) takes his dead mother to an undertakers' office to arrange her funeral. The undertaker (Graham Chapman) gives the gentleman three options: "burn 'er, bury 'er, or dump 'er… in the Thames," but rules out the last option after the gentleman confirms that he liked his mother. Of the other two, the undertaker says both are "nasty" and describes the sordid details of being “stuffed in the flames” if you’re burnt and “getting eaten up by weevils and nasty maggots” if you opt for a burial. When the gentleman shows the undertaker his mother's body, which he’s brought along with him in a sack, the undertaker tells his assistant, Fred (Eric Idle), that he thinks they've "got an eater" and Fred goes to put the oven on. When the gentleman realizes the undertaker is suggesting eating his mother, he is initially shocked but eventually admits to feeling “a bit peckish”. Still feeling uneasy about the idea of eating his own mother, the undertaker suggests digging a grave for him to throw-up into in case he feels "a bit guilty afterwards," and he agrees.
The studio audience can be heard protesting loudly throughout the sketch, eventually invading the set at the sketch's conclusion.
The “Undertaker’s Sketch,” written by John Cleese and Graham Chapman, premiered on 22 December 1970 in Series 2, Episode 13 of “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”.
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