OTTAWA—In a very funny Monty Python skit, John Cleese plays a drill sergeant who is trying to teach a bunch of skinny recruits to defend themselves against foes wielding fresh fruit (oranges, apples, grapefruit, pomegranates) with typical hilarious results. Cleese gets the underwear-clad students to charge him with fruit while he responds by shooting them, releasing a tiger and dropping a 16-tonne weight on the hapless learners. One of the recruits (played by Eric Idle) keeps asking to acquire skills to foil an enemy armed with a ‘pointed stick’ only to be town to “Shut up!” each time by Cleese.
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