(u3a) 8 Nov: Monty Python’ Hamlet

Monty Python’ Hamlet undergoes psychoanalysis

Monty Python (sometimes known as The Pythons) were a British surreal comedy group whose  influence on comedy has been compared to the Beatles’  influence on music.


Hamlet It’s just that everywhere I go it’s the same old thing. All anyone wants me to say is ‘To be or not to be …’
Psychiatrist ‘… that is the question. Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous …’
Hamlet Yes, it’s either that, or ‘Oh that this too solid flesh would melt …’
Psychiatrist ‘… would melt, thaw and resolve itself into a dew. Or that the everlasting had not fixed his canon ‘gainst self slaughter …’
Hamlet Yes. All that sort of thing. And I’m just getting really fed up.
Psychiatrist Now do the bit about ‘Alas poor Yorick …’
Hamlet No. I’m sick of it! I want to do something else. I want to make something of my life.
Psychiatrist No. I don’t know that bit.
Hamlet I want to get away from all that. Be different.
Psychiatrist Well um … what do you want to be?
Hamlet A private dick!
Psychiatrist A private dick?
Hamlet Yes, a private dick!
Psychiatrist Why do you want to be a private dick?
Hamlet Ooh … why does anyone want to be a private dick? Fame, money, glamour, excitement, sex!
Psychiatrist Ah! It’s the sex, is it?
Hamlet Well, that’s one of the things, yes.
Psychiatrist Yes, what’s the sex problem?
Hamlet Well, there’s no problem.
Psychiatrist Now, come on, come on. You’ve got the girl on the bed and she’s all ready for it.
Hamlet No, no, it’s nothing to do with that.
Psychiatrist Now come on, come on, there she is, she’s all ready for it. She’s a real stunner, she’s got great big tits, she’s really well stacked and you’ve got her legs up against the mantelpiece.
Dr Natal All right, Mr Butler, I’ll take over. ….. Morning, Mr Hamlet. My name’s Natal. Sorry to keep you waiting. Now what seems to be the problem?
Hamlet Well, I was telling the other psychiatrist …
Dr Natal He’s … he’s not a psychiatrist.
Hamlet Oh. He said he was a psychiatrist.
Dr Natal Well … yes … um, he’s a kind of psychiatrist he’s … he’s not a proper psychiatrist. He’s not er … fully qualified … in, um, quite the sort of way we should want. Anyway the problem I believe is basically sexual is it?
Psychiatrist I asked him that!
Dr Natal Get out! Now then, you’ve got the girl on the bed. You’ve been having a bit of a feel up during the evening. You’ve got your tongue down her throat. She’s got both her legs up on the mantelpiece …
Third Psychiatrist Dr Natal … out please!
Dr Natal I’m talking to a patient! Oh …
Third Psychiatrist Out please! I’m terribly sorry, sir. We have a lot of problems here with bogus psychiatrists. One of the risks in psychiatry I’m afraid. Unfortunately they do tend to frighten the patient and they can cause real and permanent damage to the treatment. But I assure you that I am a completely bona fide psychiatrist. Here’s my diploma in psychiatry from the University of Oxford. This here shows that I’m a member of the British Psychiatric Association, a very important body indeed. Here’s a letter from another psychiatrist in which he mentions that I’m a psychiatrist. This is my Psychiatric Club tie, and as you can see the cufflinks match. I’ve got a copy of ‘Psychiatry Today’ in my bag, which I think is pretty convincing. And a letter here from my mother in which she asks how the psychiatry is going, and I think you’ll realize that the one person you can’t fool is your mother. So if you’d like to ask me any questions about psychiatry, I bet I can answer them.
Hamlet No, no, it’s all right, really.
Third Psychiatrist OK, you’ve got this girl on your bed, you’ve had a few drinks, you’ve got her stretched out and her feet on the mantelpiece … yes, what is it?
Intercom Voice There’s a proper psychiatrist to see you, Dr Rufus Berg.
Third Psychiatrist Oh, oh my God! Ok, thank you.  Right, thank you very much for answering the questions, sir. We’ll try not to trouble you again, sir.
Fourth Psychiatrist Right you’ve got the girl down on the bed, you’ve got her legs up on the mantelpiece.
Dr Natal Well, well done, Mr Hamlet. You’ve done extremely well in our disorientation tests.
Hamlet Oh? Oh!
Dr Natal You see, I’m sorry it might have confused you a little, but we do this to try to establish a very good doctor/patient relationship, you see … we do it to sort of, as it were, to break down the barriers. All right?
Hamlet Yes fine.
Dr Natal Good! Well, you’ve got her legs up on the mantelpiece …
Dr Bruce On behalf of the Psychiatric Association, I should like to say that we are taking firm action to clamp down on the activities of bogus psychiatrists. In fact in many areas of modern psychiatry computers are now being increasingly used for the first basic diagnosis and this has gone a long way in eliminating the danger of unqualified impostors.
Computer You’ve had your tongue down her throat and she’s got her legs on the mantelpiece.
Nurse Out!



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