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This sketch, from the second series of "Monty Python's Flying Circus" (and the sound recording "Monty Python's Previous Record"), is commonly believed to be the origin of the use of the term "spam" for unsolicited bulk email. The idea being that "spam spam spam" is useless, unwanted, and annoyingly dominates the conversation (the singing also drowns out the other talking.)

 
Scene:  A cafe.  One table is occupied by a group of Vikings.  A
        man (Eric Idle) and his wife (Graham Chapman in drag) enter.
 
 
Man: You sit here, dear.
 
Wife: All right.
 
Man (to Waitress): Morning!
 
Waitress (Terry Jones in drag): Morning!
 
Man:      Well, what've you got?
 
Waitress: Well, there's egg and bacon; egg sausage and bacon; egg and spam;
          egg bacon and spam; egg bacon sausage and spam; spam bacon sausage
          and spam; spam egg spam spam bacon and spam; spam sausage spam spam
          bacon spam tomato and spam;
 
Vikings (chanting): Spam spam spam spam...
 
Waitress: ...spam spam spam egg and spam; spam spam spam spam spam spam baked
          beans spam spam spam...
 
Vikings (singing):  Spam!  Lovely spam!  Lovely spam!
 
Waitress:  ...or Lobster Thermidor a Crevette with a mornay sauce served in a
          Provencale manner with shallots and aubergines garnished with
          truffle pate, brandy and with a fried egg on top and spam.
 
Wife:     Have you got anything without spam?
 
Waitress: Well, there's spam egg sausage and spam, that's not got much spam in
          it.
 
Wife:     I don't want ANY spam!
 
Man:      Why can't she have egg bacon spam and sausage?
 
Wife:     THAT'S got spam in it!
 
Man:      Hasn't got as much spam in it as spam egg sausage and spam, has it?
 
Vikings:  Spam spam spam spam (crescendo overlapping next lines)
 
Wife:     Could you do the egg bacon spam and sausage without the spam then?
 
Waitress: Urgghh!
 
Wife:     What do you mean 'Urgghh'? I don't like spam!
 
Vikings:  Lovely spam! Wonderful spam!
  
Waitress: Shut up!
 
Vikings:  Lovely spam! Wonderful spam!
 
Waitress: Shut up!  (Vikings stop) Bloody Vikings!  You can't have egg bacon
          spam and sausage without the spam.
 
Wife:     I don't like spam!
 
Man:      Sshh, dear, don't cause a fuss.  I'll have your spam.  I love it.
          I'm having spam spam spam spam spam spam spam beaked beans spam spam
          spam and spam!
 
Vikings (singing):  Spam spam spam spam.  Lovely spam!  Wonderful spam!
 
Waitress: Shut up! Baked beans are off.
 
Man:      Well could I have her spam instead of the baked beans then?
 
Waitress: You mean spam spam spam spam spam spam...  (but it is too late and
          the Vikings drown her words)
 
Vikings (singing):  Spam spam spam spam.  Lovely spam!  Wonderful
          spam!  Spam spa-a-a-a-a-am spam spa-a-a-a-a-am spam.  Lovely spam!
          Lovely spam!  Lovely spam!  Lovely spam!  Lovely spam!  Spam spam
          spam spam!
 
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