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  • In a 1970 episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus a sketch involving policemen morphs into the Europolice Song Contest, which is won for Monaco by Inspector Zatapathique with "Bing Tiddle Tiddle Bong", which mocked then-current entries like Massiel's "La La La" (1968) and Lulu's "Boom-Bang-a-Bang" (1969). In Monty Python's Big Red Book (1971), this was expanded into a four-page features - including notes - about the song, which here was credited to "Les Deux Hommes Célèbres". The top entries after Monaco were given thusly: 2. "Si si boing bang" (Italy); 3. "Nein Bong über tiddle" (Germany); 4. (equal) "Bang bang bang bang" (England), "Ay ay ay ay" (Ireland); "Och och och och" (Scotland), and "Oy oy oy oy" (Israel); 5. "Post coitum omnia animal tristes est" (France); 6. "Ding ding a dong" (Sweden). A mere four years later, in 1975, the group Teach-In won the real Eurovision Song Contest for the Netherlands with "Ding-a-Dong" (original Dutch title: "Ding Dinge Dong").
    • Prescient, too - Israel wouldn't join the contest until 1973.
  • Father Ted has an episode where Ireland, desperate to lose so they don't have to host the contest again, select the title character's song 'My Lovely Horse' - a really horrible song - as their country's entry. For once, the Springtime for Hitler plan worked: it bombed.
  • Scandinavia and the World does annual comics on Eurovision:
    • For the 2009 contest, Denmark beats up Sweden for not giving him points, and Norway beats up everyone else because he won.
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    • Between contests, there was a comic of a party held between the Nordic states where Finland (dressed up as Mr. Lordi) tries to stab everyone.
    • At the post-Eurovision 2010 party, Germany crushes everyone with a satellite (a reference to the title of the winning song).
    • The 2011 comic has King Europe declare Azerbaijan the winner... except no-one present even knows who Azerbaijan is (Norway knows, but is sitting watching the contest at home as he failed to qualify for the final).
    • In 2012, Sweden gloats over his victory after first kicking Mother Russia off the stage.
    • For the 2013 contest, Denmark throws a rock to shatter Azerbaijan's perspex box, while Sister Denmark gleefully says, "Lookit all them losers!" as she revels in her victory.
    • In the 2014 contest, Denmark, as the host, was a creep to all the contestants and commentators, giving them surprises and gave Sister England a childhood memory of hers as a gift (apparently, it's a Take That! to Danes almost always having roles of villains in media according to Word of God). At the end he presents Austria as winner, as he tells the audience to worship her or he will come after you. Note that he keeps on smiling creepily in every panel of the comic strip.
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    • 2015's comic saw Austria throw a giant hissy fit over himself and Germany getting no points, Norway being depressed cause he didn't get a single douze points (not even from his friends), Australia mesmerized by Sweden's light bending (and Sweden struggling to keep it under control cause he just won), and Denmark resolving to start saving for the 2017 Eurovision since the last couple times Sweden hosted, he won.
    • Shortly before the first semi-final in 2016, a card game was presented for people to play while watching. The actual comic has Ukraine (the winner) using a distinctive stage effect to shove Australia and Russia (second and third place) out of the way, while Sweden and King EU rock out. Meanwhile, the rest of the Nordics lament their failure to qualify for the final, and America (watching for the first time) fanboys over Justin Timberlake's appearance.
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    • 2017: After a brief tense moment where Sister Ukraine tells Russia in song to suck her dick (to which Russia replies pulling a Screw This, I'm Outta Here!), King EU smiles as the rest of the countries party, accompanied by Moldova as Epic Sax Guy.
    • 2018: China finds out the hard way that one censors Eurovision at their own peril as an angry King EU is a scary King EU.
    • 2019: King EU begs Iceland (who's decked out in bondage gear) to cover up because the contest is controversial enough, thanks to being hosted by Israel.
  • The BBC's The Culture Show once got Neil Hannon to lightly take the piss out of the contest by breaking down the formula for a successful entry and then write his own mock-entry, "Trafalgar" — which was pretty good, actually. For the record, the key four elements he identified as being important were: (1) A good beat; (2) Frequent key changes; (3) Generally incomprehensible gibberish or random selections of words for lyrics; and finally, in light of Ireland's frequent victories in the contest, (4) A generous helping of Celtic-inspired schmaltz.
    Neil Hannon: By the nineties, we were so successful that rivals were unashamedly nicking our patented Irish mysticism... It is now rendered mysterious, like a mountain stream flowing across an ancient Irish bog.
    • This was not Hannon's first attempt at a Eurovision song. He wrote the music for the aforementioned Father Ted episode, not just the "catchy" version of "My Lovely Horse", but also their arch-rival's overblown point-magnet. He appears in the background of said act's choir (in the centre of the back row) and also sings the nonsense "Norwegian" lyrics of the 1976 original. His band, The Divine Comedy, later released it as a B-Side.
  • In the days before the internet most Americans knowledge of Eurovision was Benny Hill's parodies of it.
  • There are a lot of Axis Powers Hetalia fanfics focusing on ESC 2010 on
  • It's Only TV But I Like It, one of The BBC's less well known comedy Panel Games, had a round where the panel was shown three countries' Eurovision entries from the past and had to guess which one got 'nul points'. The round was titled "Let's All Laugh At Foreigners".
  • Following the 2014 contest, the U.S. panel game @midnight played a game called "Europe Be Crazy", where the comedians were presented with two written descriptions, and had to guess which one described an actual Eurovision act.
  • The Red Dwarf novel Better Than Life has the planets' governments voting on which planet will become Garbage World, using a system clearly based on the Eurovision Song Contest. Earth gets nul points.
  • The High Life, the episode "Dug" has the two air stewards entering with a song called "Piff Paff Poff" and the lyrics "Piff paff poff/I want to have it off". Unsurprisingly, they lose.
    Sebastian: Nul points. Nul points.
    Steve: Sebastian, you're no still going on about that, are you?
    Sebastian: Even Lynsey de Paul and Mike Moran in 1977 with "Rock Bottom" did better than that, and they were shite!
  • The Big Finish Doctor Who episode "Bang-Bang-a-Boom!", starring the Seventh Doctor and companion Mel, is a Eurovision Song Contest-themed Star Trek pastiche In the Style of... a panto whodunnit. No, really.
  • The Now Show had a song by Pippa Evans, the day before the 2014 contest, which combined classic Eurovision tropes with shameless sucking up and explaining that the UK didn't really hate being in Europe, honest.
  • Much less sucking up in Mitch Benn's "A Song for Europe" (not broadcast on The Now Show, possibly because of BBC rules regarding a Cluster F-Bomb that slags off every national stereotype in Europe, Britain included.)
  • In Derek Jarman's Jubilee, future England's current Eurovision entry is Amyl Nitrate singing a highly militaristic rendition of "Rule Britannia" that includes samples from one of Adolf Hitler's speeches. This is meant to demonstrate just how much of a Crapsack World future England is.
  • In You're the Worst, Jimmy's boorish family comes all the way from England to Los Angeles to watch the "Eurotune" Song Contest rather than partake in what Los Angeles has to offer.
  • In the third episode of Telecinco's music-parody show Me lo dices o me lo cantas, contestant David Carrillo performed disguised as Manel Navarro and sang about Manel's last-place finish at the 2017 contest — to the actual music of "Do It for Your Lover". The lyrics include comments such as "All the producers now turn their backs on me / I've only been offered a duet with Remedios Amaya", "And they almost gave more points / To the idiot who came out flashing his ass", or "Eurovision ain't cool, Eurovision ain't cool, baby / A squawk left me at the end of the line".
  • In the webcomic Smithson, the college radio station once had a theme evening of losing Eurovision entries. Mostly real ones, but "My Lovely Horse" snuck in there.

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