Mr Anchovy was a chartered accountant who wanted to be a lion tamer but was recommended instead to stick with accountancy.
Why? Well – and I quote - because he was an appallingly dull fellow, unimaginative, timid, lacking in initiative, spineless, easily dominated, no sense of humour, tedious company and irrepressibly drab and awful.
And, concluded the report, whereas in most professions these would be considerable drawbacks, in chartered accountancy they are a positive boon.
This sketch was first broadcast on 21 Decemeber 1969 as part of episode 10 of the first series of Monty Python's Flying Circus. Michael Palin played Mr Anchovy and John Cleese was the Vocational Guidance Counsellor.