Talk:The Spanish Inquisition (Monty Python)

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Would it be possible to assemble a list of apperances of this sketch and references to it in the various Monty Python Performances? --Hpeikemo 21:18, 13 Aug 2004 (UTC)

  • The sketch first appeared in episode 15 of the Monty Pythons Flying Circus (Second show, Season Two)

Mel Brooks inspiration?[edit]

"This sketch may have been an inspiration for "the Inquisition" portion of the movie History of the World Part I." I kind of find this dubious. No connection with the "nobody expects" part, just a skit, and the Inquisition; very thin similarity. Anybody else agree? Given Brooks' Judeocentricity and the Inquisition's relative prominence in the history of European Jewry, I would guess that's where it came from. Gzuckier 15:29, 2 Jun 2005 (UTC)

I agree, this statement is sketchy. Ed Sanville 21:40, 22 April 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The Mel Brooks sketch was actually a very clever parody of the way in which the Inquisition impinged upon personal matters of conscience ("making my privates public") and a pretext for seizing Jewish wealth (the slot machine sequence). It also contained clever commentary on the repressed sexuality in Roman Catholic doctrine (the "Esther Williams" style spectacle in which nuns who strip off their habits to reveal swimsuits and dive into a swimming pool). He underscores this with a final comment on the failure to destroy Judaism, when the nuns come out of the water as branches of a Jewish "Menorah" with top-hats adorned with sparklers. This is Mel Brooks' way of saying that the water of enforced baptism was unable to extinguish the fire of the Jewish spirit. All in all, this was a highly sophisticated commentary on the history of the Catholic Church. David Kessler 19:19, 11 March 2009 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)

Nobody or No Body?[edit]

Just wondering....Should it be "No body expects the spanish inquisition" or "Nobody expects the...." I dunno. It just looks a little wrong to me. 15:03, 18 April 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Should be "nobody". Bodies don't expect anything, people do. Rissa (talk) 07:03, 23 January 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

nominate removing the cleanup tag[edit]

... it's not looking all that bad, anymore... imho. riana 17:58, 9 June 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Seconded Galexander 15:40, 13 July 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thirded - Needs a longer intro though. Hamish (Talk) 21:48, 14 July 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
High time to remove the cleanup tag. Billlion 22:54, 15 July 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Looks like everyones in agreement then, tags removed - Hamish (Talk) 23:04, 15 July 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Um, whaa?[edit]

"In some social groups, any time anyone says "I didn't expect...", a standard response is "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!".

This is a bizzare addition for an online encyclopedia, if there ever was one. "In some social groups"? Far too vague to be of any use or meaning. 00:55, 26 October 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

"Um, whaa?" nixed mentioning one use of the Spanish Inquisition phrase amongst those who know it. How about the fact that people on Usenet and blogs frequently come up with their own SI variant, "Nobody expects..." whoever they are going to talk about, complete with alternate missions and weaponry. How would you mention that sort of cultural reference in a Wikipedia entry? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Vector Potential (talkcontribs) 19:52, 10 July 2007


If you like this sketch please consider adding the userbox to your userpage. Hamish (Talk) 20:13, 15 July 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Template:user Inquisition

So how do you say "nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition" in Spanish?[edit]

"¡Nadie cuenta con la inquisición española!" ? -- 我♥中國 07:07, 3 January 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

¡Nadie se espera a la Inquisición española!-- (talk) 12:17, 17 July 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Unsorted talk[edit]

Is it possible to make a video or audio sample like for the Beatles albums without copyright problems ? Ericd

So long as it's relatively short, my understanding is that it shouldn't be a problem as it would fall under fair use. I think audio would be preferable to video though, just for reasons of size. --Camembert
10 or 15 second video in small picture format are not that big but which format could be used ?

I think audio is better. Ericd

I like the sample. :-) --Mrwojo
Thanks ;-) --Ericd

I think somebody on the mailing list a while ago mentioned that there was no obvious candidate format for video clips, and I really don't know what would be best to use. But I agree that audio is better in this case anyway. --Camembert

Xvid with ogg sound might become a good solution ?
What the heck does one use to play an .ogg file? And why can't we upload .mp3 clips? Rogue 9 19:15, 7 December 2005 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Winamp. Check your version, if it doesn't have the in_vorbis.dll plugin, download it from the web.

Which Batman comic did this appear in? Was it before or after the Monty Python sketch? Important questions that need to be addressed here. Ed Sanville 15:36, 2 March 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Mac OS X?[edit]

The file is wrongly attributed to Mac OS X. That file is part of the Python language distribution, and as such, is available in any OS which ships Python.

Indeed, I just tried on my gentoo and /usr/lib/python2.4/test/ is the same recording as on my mac os x computer. -- (talk) 10:22, 16 January 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Fair use rationale for Image:The Spanish Inquisition.ogg[edit]

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BetacommandBot (talk) 02:16, 12 February 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Date of this sketch[edit]

Would it be appropriate to include the date of this sketch in the article somewhere? I had to go to Monty Python just to get an idea of the general time in which this was broadcast, and I still only have a rough idea, not the precise year. WDavis1911 (talk) 21:22, 29 April 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Should we include the Cardinal_Fang Twitter bot? It seems relevant to tying this into furthering the relevancy of this sketch in pop culture.

Lkpotts (talk) 02:50, 10 September 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Chemist sketch[edit]

In the Chemist sketch isn't Police Constable Pan Am played by Graham Chapman? (talk) 18:55, 15 October 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Minor correction to first para of Synopsis[edit]

"one of the cross beams has gone out askew on the treadle" - this is not only incorrect, it also makes no sense. You don't go "out askew".

Ignoring phonetic Yorkshire dialect, the correct phrase should be "one of the cross beams has gone out of skew on the treadle".

Oh, alright, what is actually said, phonetically, is "one of t' cross beams has gone out of skew on t' treadle" ;-)

Regards, (talk) 22:14, 11 May 2017 (UTC) Rædwulf (non-member)Reply[reply]

Poetic justice[edit]

The Inquisition finally getting a taste of their own medicine. SpinningSpark 13:59, 29 March 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Saying about expecting a spanish inquisition?[edit]

Within the sketch, why do the characters even bring up the Spanish Inquisition? Is/was this a common saying? I've been looking for references. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Cartossin (talkcontribs) 17:40, 10 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Know Your Meme[edit]

Respectfully, Know Your Meme is not a reliable source. It should be removed whenever possible. Nobody expects the UnexpectedSmoreInquisition (talk)! 12:41, 10 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Its not satire[edit]

They are just repeating a phrase without context. They are just making a meme without any depth (talk) 14:32, 20 November 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]