Spam, that emblematic hard times food staple, is back in your pantry. Now its rallying cry (“Spam spam spam spam. Lovely spam! Wonderful spam!”) may soon make an official appearance on your computer, as Monty Python, the legendary British comedy team, has just launched its own official YouTube channel.
“We know who you are, we know where you live and we could come after you in ways too horrible to tell,” Monty Python posted on its YouTube page. “But being the extraordinarily nice chaps we are, we’ve figured a better way to get our own back: We’ve launched our own Monty Python channel on YouTube.”
Infuriated that users have been uploading tens of thousands of grainy, low-quality snippets of the troupe’s bowel-busting, iconic sketches over the past three years (and as a result, squinting their eyes, missing the funniest bits and being too cheap to buy the DVD box set), Monty Python has taken matters into its own hands and uploaded high-quality clips and sketches from its official vault.
The lineup currently consists of 24 clips, which includes old favorites such as The Black Knight scene from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail and The Ministry of Silly Walks sketch, as well as interviews with Monty Python’s creators on writing and music. Anyone who wants to join the Flying Circus is free to watch and enjoy the videos, but Monty Python asks its fans to please to refrain from posting “mindless, driveling” comments and show some gratitude instead: Get off the couch, get a job and buy their shows and movies.
Sadly, my favorite anthem to Spam has not made an appearance yet, but more clips are promised. The best part of the announcement? The introductory video that chastises viewers for being stingy (even I feel penitent, despite owning several of the troupe’s films):[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGqX-tkDXEk&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&hl=en&fs=1]
Hulu, do you have a rebuttal?