Have you heard the one about the bribe?
January 16, 2012 2:28 AM   Subscribe

Does anyone know of any clips available online in the UK of comedy shows/sketches involving bribery?

A colleague and I are giving an internal talk at my company on certain aspects of anti-bribery and corruption. As part of the talk, we'd like to show a short (couple of minutes max) funny clip, broadly involving bribery.

Unfortunately "funny bribery clip" in google/youtube is not bringing up much suitable material. The material needs to be available in the UK via a streaming format (rather than downloading etc.) and is ideally something from an established show or comedian (rather than a "humerous" training video etc.). The sort of thing we are looking for is a 1-2 minute clip of something like Monty Python, Blackadder, Simpsons etc. which involves someone giving or taking a bribe with hilarious results...

I suspect this is the sort of search where someone who can remember a suitable clip will be easily able to find the clip, but it's difficult to search for without something specific in mind.

Many thanks
posted by Mattat to Media & Arts (8 answers total)
There are a couple of gags involving bribes in the Simpsons episode "Homer goes to College." Mr. Burns offers the power plant inspectors a chance to trade their bribe for what's in the box, I recall. I think there's also a clip in that episode of Mayor Quimby taking a bribe, but that might be a different one. I recall a scene of Quimby in a big fur coat stating that there will be no investigation.

I'm at work, so I can't search for video, but I'll search again in a couple of hours when I get home, if no one beats me to it.
posted by themanwho at 2:41 AM on January 16, 2012

Best answer: From Wikiquote, the scene I am remembering:

Male NRC agent: I'm still not sure how he caused the meltdown. There wasn't any nuclear material in the truck!
Mr. Burns: Oh, very well, it's time for your bribe. Now, you can either have the washer and dryer where the lovely Smithers is standing, or you can trade it all in for what's in this box.
Second Male NRC agent: The box, the box!
Female NRC agent: Look, Burns, this is a big problem. You can't just throw money at it and make it go away.
[Mayor Quimby appears, wearing a fur coat that still has the $5,000 price tag attached to it.]
Mayor Quimby: Gentlemen, I've decided there will be, uh, no investigation. Now if you'll excuse me, I'll go away. [departs]
Male NRC agent: You're in big trouble, Burns. Homer Simpson's job requires college training in nuclear physics. Now you get your man up to speed, or we'll be forced to take legal action.
Mr. Burns: Is that so? Well, I have a feeling you'll be... dropping the charges.
[Burns presses a button on his desk. A trapdoor opens a few feet behind the NRC agents, who stare at it in confusion.]
Smithers: The painters moved your desk, sir.
Mr. Burns: Ah, yes.

posted by themanwho at 2:44 AM on January 16, 2012

Blackadder the Third - Dish and Dishonesty - Baldrick is given money to bribe the Lords, but spends it on a giant turnip. Not sure if this is in a neat clip though, or spread out through several scenes.
posted by crocomancer at 2:49 AM on January 16, 2012

Best answer: This sounds like a job for Big Bob Joylove, from Harry Enfield's Television Programme.
posted by NordyneDefenceDynamics at 4:28 AM on January 16, 2012

Does it have to involve a package or object being visibly exchanged? Can it involve a verbal understanding for quid pro quo? If so, Yes Minister features a few of these. You'll have to read the episode synposes to search for clips which are usually available on Youtube.
posted by Gyan at 4:29 AM on January 16, 2012

Best answer: Big Bob Joylove is a great suggestion from NordyneDefenceDynamics. If you'd rather have something a bit older, a couple of classics:
  • In the University Challenge episode of The Young Ones, Lord Monty (Hugh Laurie) bribes Bamber Gascoigne (Griff Rhys Jones) £50 to get points for Footlights College.
  • In The Hotel Inspectors episode of Fawlty Towers, Basil Fawlty (John Cleese) attempts to bribe Mr. Walt (James Cossins), who he thinks is a hotel inspector, with dinner and then cash (also £50).

posted by Busy Old Fool at 5:29 AM on January 16, 2012

Response by poster: Many thanks - these are great - particularly the Big Bob Joylove.
posted by Mattat at 7:21 AM on January 16, 2012

How about a short scene from a movie?
posted by wannalol at 10:20 AM on January 16, 2012

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