"Dead Parrot's" early ancestor discovered

A 4th century Greek ancestor of Monty Python's famous "Dead Parrot Sketch" has been found in a joke wherein "a man complains that a slave he was sold had died." The joke, translated from the Greek, is from Philogelos The Laugh Addict.

The joke book contains several humorous tales which resonate in the modern world including:

A misogynist is attending to the burial of his wife, who has just died, when someone asks: "Who is it who rests in peace here?". He answers: "Me, now that I'm rid of her!"

From the Monty Python Webpage

Holy Grail Screening - PITTSBURGH, PA
Start: 2008-12-06 21:13 Timezone: Etc/GMT-8
Southside Works Cinema
425 Cinema Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 412-381-7335

They have a nifty calendar of upcoming events and screenings.