Monty Python Reunites Just In Time For SPAM’s Birthday [VIDEO]

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It was a big week for Monty Python Flying Circus fans, with the legendary comedy troupe starting up their reunion shows in England. The troupe is performing all of their most famous sketches– and that means that of course “SPAM” is a part of the show.

Invented by Hormel Foods and given its name by the brother of a Hormel executive, SPAM is one of those ubiquitous products that’s always good for a quick and easy punchline when trying to determine what to eat. Nowadays, the word spam is more synonymous with junk e-mails than the bargain meat-stuff, a sobriquet that directly plays upon the junky quality of meat used to create SPAM. And we’re pondering if the Python crew knows that the revolutionary food product known as SPAM went on sale for the first time on July 5th, 1937. It’s virtually impossible to find anyone that enjoys this canned pork product un-ironically, but since its introduction 77 years ago, over seven billion (with a b) cans have been sold.

The most notoriety SPAM ever got was thanks to a legendary sketch on a 1970 episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. The Python’s have since adopted the word into every corner of their comedy, calling their fan club “The Monty Python Spam Club,” and even titling their 2005 Broadway musical Spamalot.  Check out the original sketch below, and be sure to check out the show when it is simulcast in movie theaters on July 20th

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