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Fish Licence is a sketch that appears in "Scott of the Antarctic," the twenty-third episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus. It is part one of a two-part segment.


Eric Praline (John Cleese) seeks to obtain a licence for his pet "alibut" named Eric and has difficulty explaining to the clerk (Michael Palin) how all pets should be licensed.

Mr Praline walks into a post office to the Stamps and Licences booth, but when the man gestures for him to go the next one, he goes on a mini rant to the camera about how the signs do not accurately represent "the activities carried out beneath". He comes to Mr Eric Last's booth and requests to buy a fish licence for his halibut, Eric. Last calls him a looney and Praline is deeply offended. He describes how he has a licence for his pet dog and his pet cat, both named Eric.

Last tells him there isn't such thing as a licence for a cat and Praline smugly insists there is. He tells Last he got his cat licence from a cat-detector van, and that it cost £60. When Last tells him for final that there is no such thing as a fish licence, Praline requests he gets a statement signed by the Lord Mayor.

Suddenly, a fanfare is heard.


  • This is one of the three appearances by Eric Praline, along with the Dead Parrot sketch and a brief appearance as a link the 5th episode of the second series, "Live from the Grill-O-Mat".
  • Part two of this segment was the Eric the Half a Bee song.
  • OpenBSD's 3.5 release contained a parody track of both the Fish Licence skit and the Eric the Half a Bee song, titled Common Address Redundancy Protocol Licence and Redundancy Must Be Free.
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