Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Fish Slapping Dance

Two gentleman prepare to start the fish slapping dance.
The traditional British fish slapping dance. This ritual dates back many years and was on the verge of being forgotten. Then the celebrated filmmaker Monty Python recorded his documentary on the subject and the practice was reinvigorated. Now people all over the country can be found slapping their fellow man in the face with the biggest fish they can find.

The fish slapping dance is a Monty Python classic. The art of surrealist comedy distilled down to its barest essence in 15 seconds. Two men, three fish and a canal, this is humour at its best. So when I realised that nobody else seems to have tackled this particular scene through the medium of illustration, I knew that I would have to give it my best shot. So here is the result.

Of course if you head over to the Doodle Dojo store, you too can celebrate this British tradition with a T-shirt.