The Smuggler is a sketch that appears in "Man's Crisis of Identity in the Latter Half of the 20th Century," the fifth episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus.


A nervous man (Michael Palin) struggles to convince an officer (John Cleese) that he is not smuggling clocks from Switzerland. Eventually, he gives up and admits that he is indeed smuggling clocks and shows them to the officer, who does not believe him and dismisses him.

A vicar (Eric Idle) then enters and is immediately taken away for a strip search.

To discuss the implications of the sketch, a chairman (Terry Jones) speaks with a duck, a cat, and a lizard, which do not answer. People on the street are them interviewed about smuggling, including a man (John Cleese) who goes on a rant until a knight (Terry Gilliam) hits him in the head with a chicken.