YMMV: History of the World Part I

  • Acceptable Targets: The Spanish Inquisition are on the mission to convert the Jews, who are constantly abused and tortured for laughs. (Bonus points for Torquemada who is played by a Jew.)
  • Awesome Music: The Spanish Inquisition. One listen to the whole thing and it will be stuck in your head forever.
  • Bowdlerise: AMC censorship ruins two of the film's best jokes.
    • Original joke:
    Dole Office Clerk: Occupation?
    Comicus: Stand-up philosopher.
    Dole Office Clerk: What?
    Comicus: Stand-up philosopher. I coalesce the vapors of human experience into a viable and meaningful comprehension.
    Dole Office Clerk: Oh, a *bullshit* artist!
    Comicus: *Grumble*...
    Dole Office Clerk: Did you bullshit last week?
    Comicus: No.
    Dole Office Clerk: Did you *try* to bullshit last week?
    Comicus: Yes!
    • TV version:
    Dole Office Clerk: Oh, a *bull-
    Comicus: *Grumbles*...
    Dole Office Clerk: Did you bull- last week?
    Comicus: No.
    Dole Office Clerk: Did you *try* to bull- last week?
    Comicus: Yes!
    • Original joke:
    Leader of Senate: All fellow members of the Roman senate hear me. Shall we continue to build palace after palace for the rich? Or shall we aspire to a more noble purpose and build decent housing for the poor? How does the senate vote?
    Entire Senate: FUCK THE POOR!
    Leader of Senate: Good.
    • TV version:
    Leader of Senate: All fellow members of the Roman senate hear me. Shall we continue to build palace after palace for the rich? Or shall we aspire to a more noble purpose and build decent housing for the poor? How does the senate vote?
    Entire Senate: (raise arms and grumble to themselves)
    Leader of Senate: Good.
    • Arguably, Bowlderise actually makes one moment funnier:
      • Original version:
    Roman Soldier: Moooove that miserable piece of SHIT!
    • TV version:
    Roman Soldier: Moooove that miserable piece of SHOOOIIIT!
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The Spanish Inquisition torturing and forcibly converting countless Jews, Muslims, and other "heretics"? Horrific. The Spanish Inquisition doing so in song? Hilarious.
    • Arguably, the inclusion of this scene implies that the line was never there to begin with.
  • Genius Bonus: Torquemada is played by Mel Brooks. At first, it might just seem like comedic irony to have a man who led a major persecution of the Jews to be played by a Jewish actor...unless you know that Torquemada was himself ethnically Jewish.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Inverted. The narrator contrasts 'the first homo sapien marriage' with 'the first homosexual marriage' back when the idea of same-sex marriage had barely occurred to most people.
    • And then there's the mention of [[Western Animation/Ratatouille]] during the French Revolution part.
  • Ho Yay: DeMonet and Bearnaise.
  • Memetic Mutation: It's good to be the king!
  • Unintentional Period Piece: No matter what time period any particular segment is set in, it will always be rooted in both The Seventies and the Borsht Belt Fifties.
  • Watch It for the Meme: Some people watched the movie just to see the Spanish Inquisition. We guess people really can expect the Spanish Inquisition.