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We delve into the TV archives to find classical works that have been put to use in some of the funniest ever comedy routines. Watch them here.
1 Morecambe and Wise, Grieg...and Andrew Preview
The greatest classical comedy moment of them all: world-famous conductor André Previn arrives on the Morecambe and Wise Show to conduct Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor, only to discover that the hapless Eric is the soloist. Always remembered today as Andrew Preview, Maestro Previn has secured his place in light entertainment history.
2 The exploding Blue Danube
Only those wacky chaps on Monty Python's Flying Circus could transplant Johann Strauss II's best-loved waltz and turn it into an orchestral massacre. No musicians were harmed in the making of this sketch (we hope).
3 Flanders and Swann
Popular English humourists Michael Flanders and Donald Swann first worked together on a school revue in 1939 and eventually wrote more than 100 comic songs together. The theme from Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 4 in Eb major inspired one of their tongue-twisting masterpieces, Ill Wind.
4 Ludwig van Beanhoven
Rubber-limbed, rubber-faced Rowan Atkinson and a pair of white gloves feature in this side-splitting masterpiece.
5 The Two Ronnies beside the seaside
Messrs Barker and Corbett took Luigi Denza's Italian popular song Funiculi, Funicula and turned it into one of their bawdy seaside songs.