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Johann Gambolputty is a sketch that appears in the sixth episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus with host Arthur Figgis, portrayed by Graham Chapman. Gambolputty's name is said to be the greatest in German Baroque music. And it is, literally. Figgis devotes the segment of "It's the Arts" to the question of "why no one has ever remembered (his) name". He commences to introduce a remote interview conducted by John Cleese (as the ubiquitous BBC announcer).

In its complete form, his name is:

Johann Gambolputty-de-von-Ausfern-schplenden-schlitter-crass-
kalbsfleisch-mittleraucher-von-Hautkopft of Ulm.


As Cleese begins interviewing the composer's sole surviving relative, Herr Karl Gambolputty (...) of Ulm (Terry Jones), the elderly and visibly frail Karl, recounting the first time he met the composer, dies while Cleese is finishing repeating the composer's full name. Cleese as the interviewer, dejected at losing the abortive interview entirely, throws down his microphone, produces a shovel and immediately begins to dig a grave for his interviewee.

The full surname is uttered a total of six times during the segment: the last of these is presented via montage as Chapman's Figgis closes the segment.

The sketch appears in Episode 6 of Monty Python's Flying Circus.

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