09
APR
2013

Weather in the Holy Land (Eric Idle, 1963)

Eric Idle, in his first sketch as a student at Cambridge in 1963 doing a bit written by John Cleese. Jonathan Wilson has been in Israel teaching and touring and I knew that he would appreciate a theological weather forecast (whatever that is). The skit is entitled “The Old Testament Weatherman”:

“Good even. Well it’s been a pretty rough week in the Holy Land hasn’t it? Anyway let’s just take a quick look at the scroll. We’ve got a plague of locusts moving in here from the NW they’re going to be in the Tyre and Sidon area by about lunchtime tomorrow. Scattered outbreaks of fire and brimstone up here in Tarsus and down here in Hebron oh and possibly some mild thunderbolts force two to three in Gath. Down in the south, well Egypt has had a pretty nasty spell of it recently 17 or 18 days ago it was frogs followed by lice, flies: a murrain on the beasts, and last Tuesday locusts and now moving in from the SSE – boils. Further outlook for Egypt well two or three days of thick darkness lying over the face of the land – And then death of all the first born. Sorry about that Egypt.”
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