The funniest moments in classical music

Yes, classical music can be funny. Ten thigh-slappingly good piss-takes of the noblest artform.

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Do you remember chuckling at Dudley Moore's classical music parodies on prime-time television? Or John Cage appearing on a variety show to perform his composition for bathtub and kettle, with the studio audience collapsing into hysterics? Saturday Night Live gave it their best shot recently with a Justin Timberlake/Mozart skit, but it was never aired (and wasn't that funny anyway).

The days of Benjamin Britten impersonations being widely appreciated in popular culture are long gone, but at least YouTube keeps the comedic tradition alive. Laughter still goes a long way in the sacrosanct world of classical music, as these ten clips demonstrate.

The Brits paved the way in the art of classical spoofs, with Dudley Moore, Anna Russell, Monty Python and Rowan Atkinson getting in on the act. German composers were often the butt of the joke - we couldn't find any examples to disprove the 2011 poll that ranked Germany as the least funny nation.

Dudley Moore: Britten's Little Miss Muffet

An uncannily pitch-perfect impersonation of the English tenor Peter Pears and of Britten's distinctive folksong harmonies.

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John Cleese as Beethoven in the classic Monty Python skit.
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