The Idiot in Society is a sketch that appears in "The Attila the Hun Show," the twentieth episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus.

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At a homely rural estate, the camera pans around the garden to a man sitting on a wall. A narrator (Eric Idle) introduces him as Arthur Figgis (John Cleese), the village idiot.

In an interview with Arthur, he says in an educated tone that he thinks the village idiot is a vital role to play in the modern rural society before breaking out into a harsh country accent, and swapping in between the two as villagers walk by giving him money. He greets another idiot, Mr Jenkins (Michael Palin) and the two exchange intellectual topics before going on their ways. Arthur interrupts the interview as he sees a coach party arriving and must fall off the wall.

The narrator describes Arthur's morning routine with special equipment designed to keep him silly, such as running headfirst into a vault horse, and also rubbing himself in mud.

The bank manager M. Brando (Graham Chapman) describes the idiots who do their banking at the local bank. He says a really blithering idiot can make up to £10,000 a year, but some old-fashioned idiots prefer to take twigs, dead animals and leaves instead. He interrupts the interview because a bank clerk (Terry Jones) tells him Hollywood is on the phone.

Arthur is a lecturer in Idiocy at the University of East Anglia. After three years of study, the apprentice idiots receive a diploma of idiocy, a handful of mud and a kick on the head. An older idiot (Idle) claims to be self taught and says the people want something wittier than blithering, and his wife (Palin) pours porridge over his head.

The narrator questions an idiot's life with women and it cuts to Arthur who sits in bed with two beautiful women and remarks to the camera "Well I may be an idiot, but I'm no fool." The narrator investigates city idiots and cuts to vox pops with various businessmen who speak in plummy nasal accents, accompanied with subtitles.

A presenter (Chapman) shows the location of Lord's Cricket Ground, the HQ of urban idiots, and watch performances of ritual ideating. It cuts to footage of a cricket game.

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