Should God, and His giant rocket-powered feet, land near you and ask you what you're doing "pissing around in Camelot," some tips: Don't grovel, don't avert your eyes and don't apologize. He hates that crap.
Instead, follow King Arthur's lead and simply explain: "Well, we were dancing, Lord."
Unfortunately, this will likely be interrupted by God ordering you on a quest to find the Holy Grail, much as he does to Arthur and his Knights of the (Very, Very, Very) Round Table: Sir Bedevere the Wise, Sir Lancelot the Brave, Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-As-Sir-Lancelot, Sir Dennis Galahad the Pure, and Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Show. (Note: The latter does not, as such, appear in this show.)
Of course, "the show" in question is the Tony Award-winning Monty Python's Spamalot — a "lovingly ripped off" Broadway comedy inspired by the 1975 classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail, a film that 23-year-old New Jersey native Matt Ban knows all about.
"I grew up watching the movie," says Ban, who plays Sir Bedevere, the Black Knight and several others. "I was quoting it before I even knew the movie that well, just because the lines are so famous."
In it, God sends the knights riding off, with the assistance of the Lady of the Lake and her Laker Girls, into dire peril to face farting Frenchmen, a killer bunny, the shrubbery-loving Knights Who Say Ni, and all manner of other folk who have been naughty in His sight.
Not a straight adaptation, Spamalot — written by Python member Eric Idle — also sends up classics like Fiddler on the Roof and Phantom of the Opera. The latter inspires a stirring duet, sung from a boat sailing across a billowing fog-filled stage, called "The Song That Goes Like This." Later, tasked with creating a Broadway play within the play, the knights lament the lack of certain individuals: "In any great adventure, if you don't want to lose / Victory depends upon the people that you choose / So listen Arthur, darling, closely to this news: / We won't succeed on Broadway, if we don't have any Jews."
"[The show's] got its quirky, weird Pythonness to it," says Ban. "And I think it just brings a sense of fun to a sort of tough time that this country's going through. And I think everyone needs to laugh, and what better than fart jokes."
So proud of you Catherine!!! I knew you could do it!!!
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