Spamalot is Silly. Totally, Thoroughly, Hilariously Silly


We don’t plan on leaving the area, but if we do, we always had one caveat: we had to live within 60-90 minutes of an international airport.

Today convinced me we need to add one more qualifier: we must live within 60-90 minutes where we can see Broadway touring company shows.

We saw Spamalot today. I started laughing when I was reading the program.

Patrons are asked not to smoke or speak in Swedish in the theatre. Please use cell phones whenever possible.

In a plug to visit Finland, the program said alongside the trees you will find other trees running for thousands of miles. If you have never seen a forest running, then Finland is the place for you.

From then on, it was sheer silliness. Good old goofball silliness. My kind of humor. I’m probably one of a very few who hasn’t seen any Monty Python. So shoot me. Or make fun of me. It’s a fact that I cannot hide from.

For those who have seen The Search for the Holy Grail this isn’t just the film on stage.  Act One follows the movie and Act Two wraps it up nicely, which I understand the movie didn’t accomplish (supposedly because of budget restraints.)

I never have laughed until tears rolled down my cheeks, until today. Did I mention it was silly? What fun it must be to sit down and write a parody like this. Nothing is sacred and if it needed parody a way to do it was created.

Example (no big spoiler): Second act, the stage goes dark. Spot comes on a main character alone who sings: The Diva’s Lament “What Happened to My Part?”

The actor that played King Arthur said that Python Heads and musical comedy fans should sit on opposite sides of the theater because they would be enjoying alternating rhythms of laughing at different lines.

Silly. Loved it.

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Spamalot is Silly. Totally, Thoroughly, Hilariously Silly — 13 Comments

  1. I don’t know if I’ll get the chance to see it … I hope so. We live in the middle of nowhere but we can get somewhere in 2 hours … like Las Vegas … so maybe?

  2. Don’t see it in vegas. They shortened it to fit into a specific period of time.

    I have found that people either “get” Python or hate it… Personally, I am a HUGE fan.

    I fart in your general direction.

  3. @Born Again Bird Watcher: I would go see Spamalot again because I know there were lines I missed because I was laffing. What’s Avenue Q?
    @Edna: Life is full of tough choices: you choose to live where there are beautiful red rock mountains, we choose to live where we can see Spamalot!
    @Edna: The Absurdist. Interesting about Vegas altering the show. Seems that the owners would have a problem with that. I had no idea what to expect. I don’t think there were many people at the show we attended that “hated” the show!
    There are so many quotable lines in that show: that is a great one.

  4. Hi
    I know you’re just kidding us about not knowing Monty Python– because you were originally one of the script writers, right?

    But serioso, if you want to know Monty Python, biblically or otherwise, I think renting the TV series DVDs is the way to go (Holy Grail is good but doesn’t do MP justice in my mind). Just keep watching them and soon you’ll be like me, able to recite entire passages, like “Some people like to pooh-pooh Australian table wines…”

    You WILL keep laughing til you cry.

  5. @Polly: Boy I wish I could be involved in something like MP. And get paid? Heaven. That’s all I need is to start reciting MP lines and she would commit me.

  6. I took my son and his friends there today. My kind of humor and also helped me realize I’m not dead yet. In fact, I’m getting better.

  7. I, too, have never seen any Monty Python. None. You’d think with a twisted brain like mine I’d have been one of the first in line, but alas, I have lived a sheltered life. Now it’s Larry the Cable Guy and that idiot mustachioed redneck…..I love my life.

  8. All of you folks that haven’t ever seen Monty Python, you must do this before you pass on otherwise you will never enter Valhalla…or…whatever. Otherwise you shall spend an eternity being sent out for shrubbery’s.

    All hail the Holy Hand Grenade