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It's a tie between Monty Python and a punchline from Black Books:

Fran: "So what it's like then? Fags and booze?"
Bernard: "Well, to be honest... After years of smoking and drinking, you do sometimes look at yourself, thinking..."
Fran (nods): "Yep."
Bernard: "You know... sometimes between that first cigarette with coffee in the morning to that 400th glas of cornershop piss at 3am... you do look at yourself and think..."
Fran (nods): "Yep."
Bernard (takes a deep drag from his cigarette, wineglass in hand, exhales): "This is fantastic. I'm in Heaven."

It's better in motion.

The Monty Python one works just as well on paper:

"Dear Sir,

I am glad to hear that your studio audience disapproves of the last skit as strongly as I. As a naval officer I abhor the implication that the Royal Navy is a haven for cannibalism. It is well known that we now have the problem relatively under control, and that it is the RAF who now suffer the largest casualties in this area. And what do you think the Argylls ate in Aden. Arabs?

Yours etc.
Captain B.J. Smethwick in a white wine sauce with shallots, mushrooms and garlic."


This is textbook Python by the way. The set-up: all normal, then quickly the detour into the absurd, one punchline after another, then at the end detours into the super-absurd that is so over the top that it usually stops being funny.
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