The Bill Cotton tribute (see Betty, here) included the revelation that Bill didn't find Monty Python funny. This could be construed as the establishment not understanding the new young anarchistic comedians. But the establishment was not alone.
Yesterday I watched the original Spam sketch which gave birth to a song and, eventually, a musical. Maybe I missed something when I first saw it?
A late middle aged/young old aged working class couple are lowered into a greasy spoon cafe in which several vikings are eating. The man asks the cafe worker what's on offer.
The cafe worker talks in a high pitched Monty Python working class woman voice. She reels off the menu.
"There's egg and bacon. Egg, sausage and bacon. Egg and Spam..."
The menu continues for a very long time with more and more Spam being added to each dish.
The high pitched working class woman of the couple asks if there is anything without Spam in it.
If she had been listening she would have picked up on the first two items on the menu. Even so, it seems the thick woman behind the counter has got so caught up in the sketch she has forgotten about the egg and bacon and the egg, sausage and bacon, too.
The woman customer is getting very agitated.
"Look, could I have egg, bacon, Spam and sausage without the Spam?"
Yes, you dim cow! You can have egg, sausage and bacon! There's no fucking Spam there!
It then gets all a bit too surreal for me. The woman behind the counter insists the second thing on the menu she first mentioned isn't available and the crap Vikings start to sing the Spam song. The husband of the couple says he'll eat his wife's Spam as he loves Spam. But he asks for baked beans and is told the baked beans are off less than a minute after they were available!
Then John Cleese enters and does his John Cleese impression and is carted off by a policeman.
Jesus, does this go on!
What next? Oh, Michael Palin gets in on the act as a professor demonstrating the Vikings' invasion of the cafe in Bromley, the screen behind him is lifted and he joins in with the Vikings singing the Spam song. And the sketch is over!
Oh Geoff, you say, what's there not to love?
Ok, I'll give you it's silly. It is very silly. It is very very silly. It is very very very silly. It is very very very very silly. It is very very very very very silly. It is very very very very very very silly. It is very very very very very very very silly. And they are naughty boys. They are very naughty boys. They are very very naughty boys. They are very very.........
Oh fuck, can I stop now?
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