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  • The Bruces sketch is a famous sketch from the television show Monty Python's Flying Circus, and appears in episode 22, "How to Recognise Different Parts of the Body". It involves a group of stereotypical lounging Australians who are revealed to be the Philosophy Department at the fictitious University of Woolamaloo, and all named Bruce, with a common fondness for beer and a hatred of "poofters". Terry Jones plays a "pommie" professor, Michael Baldwin, joining the department and meeting his colleagues for the first time. Since his name is different from that of everyone else, Baldwin is asked if he minds being given the moniker "Bruce" to avoid confusion. John Cleese's character recites the seven faculty rules at the University of Woolamaloo: No poofters. No member of the faculty is to maltreat the "Abos" in any way whatsoever—if there's anyone watching. No poofters. I don't want to catch anyone not drinking in their room after lights out. No poofters. There is no... rule six. No poofters. The sketch is also featured on the Matching Tie and Handkerchief album and in many of the team's stage shows, where it would be capped with a performance of "The Philosophers' Song". Free cans of Fosters beer were tossed to the audience with the addition of a joke about American beer given at Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl. The song does not feature in the original television version, which instead ends with the first Bruces saying "Sidney Nolan! What's that?" pointing to the ear of fourth Bruce returning to that episode's running joke, "how to recognise different parts of the body", with the voice over saying, "Number nine. The ear.". Wikipedia

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