Alan Bennett was raised in the Anglican church.  In the 
seven minute "sermon" from which this video clip is 
taken, Bennett satirizes sermons he had sat through which 
seemed to be about nothing, though they were dramatically
delivered, and which contained endless tangents.

The bit was part of a comedy revue performed at Oxford with a 
few fellow Oxford students.  At least two future members of 
Monty Python (coming from Cambridge) were in the audience and 
were smitten with Alan Bennett.  When interviewed decades later 
about what his reaction had been to Bennett's bit, Eric Idle 
said, "I didn't know anyone was allowed to be that funny."

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