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Monty Python's SPAMalot Wins 5, no 3 Tony Awards

CmdrTaco posted more than 9 years ago | from the wish-i-lived-in-new-york dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 193

acreman writes "Monty Python's SPAMalot, a musical lovingly ripped off from the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail, won 3 of the 14 Tony Awards it was nominated for. The 3 awards given out were for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical (Sara Ramirez), Best Direction of a Musical (Mike Nichols), and Best Musical. "

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I don't get... (1)

thr0n (835565) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745610)

...the title. Wins 5, no 3 Tony Awards? I mean it won 3 out of the 5 it was nominated for, right? Just wondering...

Re:I don't get... (2, Informative)

DrXym (126579) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745638)

It's a bastardized and paraphrased line from the Spanish Inquisition sketch.

Re:I don't get... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12745655)

They had to push the pram a looooooooooooooot

Re:I don't get...(SPOILER) (2, Insightful)

CodeHog (666724) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745664)

Not the Spanish Inquisition, nobody expects the Spanish Inquistion. Actually it's from the scene with the Holy Handgranade. King Arthur would begin continue to 3 and would always miss 3. As in 1, 2, 4. Then someone would say '3 sir'.

Re:I don't get...(SPOILER) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12746354)

How is this insightful? He always said "5" instead of "3"

If you're going to post a spoiler, at least get the spoiler right....

Re:I don't get... (1)

bjprice (863197) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745677)

Actually it's a recurring joke from the original movie of The Holy Grail.

Arthur: Right! One!... Two!... Five!
Galahad: Three sir!
Arthur: Three!
[angels sing]
[boom]

Re:I don't get... (2, Insightful)

Punkrokkr (592052) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745781)

Wrong, it's from the bridge scene. Aurthur keeps saying they have to answer 5 questions, Galahad keeps correcting him saying it was 3.

ARTHUR:
He is the keeper of the Bridge of Death. He asks each traveller five questions--
GALAHAD:
Three questions.
ARTHUR:
Three questions. He who answers the five questions--
GALAHAD:
Three questions.
ARTHUR:
Three questions may cross in safety.

And you call yourselves geeks. You empty headed animal food trough wiper! I fart in your general direction! Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries! Now go away or I shall taunt you a second time.

Re:I don't get... (1)

bjprice (863197) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745829)

I said it was a recurring joke. And gave one example. Yours is another.

Re:I don't get... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12745854)

Christ, you are so fucking thick. Go bang your fucking head against a wall or something, you no talent ass clown. Do you seriously expect to get away with not only posting incorrect information about Holy Grail, but posting it on Slashdot of all places?

Heres a question even your feeble brain might get right. Which came first, scene 21 [rit.edu] or scene 23 [rit.edu] ?

God you suck. I pity you.

Re:I don't get... (1)

Punkrokkr (592052) | more than 9 years ago | (#12746256)

Apparently someone missed the intended humor of my previous post.

Re:I don't get... (4, Informative)

REBloomfield (550182) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745681)

No it isn't!

It's from the Holy Hand grenade sketch:

Brother Maynard:
And then the Lord spake, saying: "First, shalt thou take out the holy pin.
Then shalt thou count to three.
No more, no less.
*Three* shall be the number of the counting, and the number of the counting shall be three.
*Four* shalt thou not count, and neither count thou two, excepting that thou then goest on to three.
Five is RIGHT OUT. Once the number three, being the third number be reached, then lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade to-wards thy foe, who, being naughty in my sight,shall snuff it.
Amen."
All: Amen.

Arthur: Right! (pulls pin)
One!
Two!
Five!
Bedevere: Three, Sire!!
Arthur: Three! (throws hand grenade at the Killer Rabbit)

Re:I don't get... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12745783)

Oh look, this isn't a simple contadiction, it's a full on argument.

Contradiction is just the automatic gainsaying of any statement the other person makes.

Not this ridiculous connected series of statements intended to establish a proposition.

I asked for a simple contradiction . . .

Re:I don't get... (1)

FreeUser (11483) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745971)

I asked for a simple contradiction . . .

No, you didn't.

Re:I don't get... (1)

pizen (178182) | more than 9 years ago | (#12746166)

I thought this was abuse.

Re:I don't get... (1)

Daytona955i (448665) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745768)

Nope, Holy Grail quote, the Spanish Inquisition one went something like this:

NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition!
Our chief weapon is surprise...surprise and fear...fear and surprise....
Our two weapons are fear and surprise... and ruthless efficiency....
Our three weapons are fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency...
and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope.... Our four... no...
Amongst our weapons... Amongst our weaponry... are such elements as fear, surprise...
I'll come in again.

etc...

And of course see other replies to see the Holy Grail quote. Most people don't really know the sketches but can quote the Holy Grail. It frustrates me because when someone makes a Grail joke, I think they are a python fan so then I make a joke from one of the sketches and they just look at me funny. Oh well.

Re:I don't get... (1)

Bimo_Dude (178966) | more than 9 years ago | (#12746259)

and ruthless efficiency....

... and a ruthless devotion to efficiency...

no, no, no... (1)

jbarr (2233) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745831)

Um, isn't this a paraphrase of the discussion between the guy on the mountain and one of Arthur's followers when being asked about the quest and the grail? When he is asked the color and he says something like "blue...no, green" and is summarily cast into the gorge?

(Sorry for the vagueness of the above. I forget the names....)

Re:no, no, no... (2, Informative)

CodeHog (666724) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745910)

As some of the other posters pointed out, it's a reoccuring gag throughout the movie. The scene you're talking about is with a bridgekeeper where they knights have to answer 3 questions correctly to cross. The gag about the air velocity of a swallow is another one like this. How do you know so much about swallows?

Re:I don't get... (1)

Scarblac (122480) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745659)

The musical is based on the film _Monty Python and the Holy Grail_. A running gag in that film is the king who constantly says five when he means three.

Re:I don't get... (1)

IAmTheDave (746256) | more than 9 years ago | (#12746150)

Thank you - it's a running gag. Although it's most famously remembered for the hand-grenade bit, he says 5 when he means three throughout the movie.

Re:I don't get... (1)

skyshock21 (764958) | more than 9 years ago | (#12746286)

sigh...

Explaining humor is like dissecting a frog - it's messy, and the frog most likely dies.

Re:I don't get... (1)

hoofie (201045) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745669)

I thought it was from The Holy Grail [imdb.com] , when Sir Lancelot, Sir Galahad et al have to answer the questions from the Bridgekeeper, namely 'What is your favourite colour ?'

Re:I don't get... (1)

WormholeFiend (674934) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745780)

Blue! No! AAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaagh

Headline (4, Funny)

uglysad (867575) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745612)

/applause

Re:Headline (1)

Antoniojvr (852017) | more than 9 years ago | (#12746208)

Spamelot!
It's only a model...
SHH!

Only if... (2, Interesting)

Bananatree3 (872975) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745614)

they had an award for the best spam messages, I think This [nationmaster.com] would win first place. This stuff is just bad, nasty, and it is down-right scamming!

Re:Only if... (1)

evilbessie (873633) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745859)

Yes it is downright scamming. But do you really think that someone is going to give away something for nothing?

This is more social engineering spam rather than nasty spam, the spoof bounce messages are bad spam for the uninitiated.

Really though if it is too good to be true and they don't even know your real name (unless you use it for your email address, even then you are very silly) and it's from anonymous source why even bother.

If it is too good to be true it is. NEVER TRUST EMAIL.

Re:Only if... (1)

xtracto (837672) | more than 9 years ago | (#12746059)

Interesting link, but I really hate when the pages render with a loooooooooooooooooooooooooong line and you have to scroll all the way to read one paragraph... maybe it is Fx fault... let me see.
.
.
.
.

Mmm nope, IE also renders it that way.. I really hate it, is there any extension in Fx to make pages wordwrap ??

Re:Only if... (1)

HermanAB (661181) | more than 9 years ago | (#12746431)

It is possible to wrap lines with a bookmarklet. I found this wraplines script with Google, but I don't know how to convert it into a bookmarklet:
<a href="javascript:
var pres = document.getElementsByTagName('pre');
if(pres.len gth > 0)
{
if(pres.item(0).getAttribute('style') == null)
{
pres.item(0).setAttribute('style','white-space:-mo z-pre-wrap');
}
else
{
pres.item(0).removeAttribute('style');
}
}
void 0;
">WrapLines</a>
It will need some experimentation.

Congrats to them (1)

PhilippeT (697931) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745620)

I would have loved it if it got more but 3 is still a nice number I just hope that I can see it one day.

Re:Congrats to them (5, Funny)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 9 years ago | (#12746442)

but 3 is still a nice number I just hope that I can see it one day.


Here's a simple version of it: |||
The starred version of this is: ***
In English texts you'll see it as: three
In German texts you find it as: drei
In French texts, look out for: trois
In Italian texts you'll find: tre
As roman numeral, it's: III.
This is the decimal form: 3
In base 2, it's 11
However, computers will usually use 00000011
Or rather 0000000000000011
Actually, most systems today will use 00000000000000000000000000000011
And some even 00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 00000000000011
Unless it's text, then they'll probably use 00110011
Which often is expressed as '\063'
Or as '\x33'

Seen enough of it? :-)

5 no 3? (1)

the_Bionic_lemming (446569) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745621)

If we're going to do Monty Python bits - Can we send cmdrtaco to the "Being hit on the head lessons" room?

Re:5 no 3? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12746028)

No use if he's learned how to defend himself against an attack with a pointy stick!

On the other hand, noone expects ....

Let me be the first to say... (5, Insightful)

ink_13 (675938) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745626)

Why is this "IT" instead of regular news?

Re:Let me be the first to say... (4, Funny)

Blob Pet (86206) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745678)

KNIGHTS OF NI:
Aaaaugh! Aaaugh!
HEAD KNIGHT:
Augh! Ohh! Don't say that word.
ARTHUR:
What word?
HEAD KNIGHT:
I cannot tell, suffice to say is one of the words the Knights of Ni cannot hear.

Re:Let me be the first to say... (5, Funny)

Scarblac (122480) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745683)

Why is this "IT" instead of regular news?

IT'S... Monty Python's Flying Circus!

How often does the man have to say it?

Re:Let me be the first to say... (3, Funny)

Soko (17987) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745709)

NI!!!

GAHHH!! He said the word we, the Knights who say - ummmm... who formerly said NI cannot say! Yes, he said IT! ARRRGHHH!!! Now I'm saying IT! I have to stop saying IT!!! OWWWW! Cut IT out! AhhhhWWWCHH!

*finish in a fit of blathering worthy of C/Net @ wwdc*

Soko

phoneticly its. (1)

tacroy (813477) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745777)

Iky iky putang zump boong un gouzin. And I didnt have to look that up....my wife would be so proud.

Re:Let me be the first to say... (1)

Basje (26968) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745724)

because ...IT's... something completely different of course...

Re:Let me be the first to say... (0)

GweeDo (127172) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745902)

"SPAM"alot...geez....how obvsious ;)

Re:Let me be the first to say... (1)

Aeron65432 (805385) | more than 9 years ago | (#12746207)

Because you said "it"! No I said "it!" AHH WE ALL SAID "IT!"

What has IT got to do with it? (-1, Redundant)

dkf (304284) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745628)

Nice one editors...

Sara Ramirez (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12745629)

Sara Ramirez absolutely deserved it. An amazing range, mastery of a multitude of musical styles, great comic timing... Fantastic!

Whoa (5, Insightful)

CodeHog (666724) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745641)

'ripped off'? Didn't most of the living cast support Spamalot? And last time I checked, Eric Idle,Dead Collector/Peasant 1/Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir Launcelot/Roger the Shrubber, was the driving force behind it...Yeah I guess it was ripped off!

Re:Whoa (1)

Dorf on Perl (738169) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745729)

Well, if you look at the little title card thingie here, you can see that Eric Idle is indeed proclaiming to all the world that he is shamelessly ripping himself (and the other Pythons) off. So yeah, ripped off. Never thought I'd link to the Tony Awards site but here I am, doing it. [tonyawards.com]

Re:Whoa (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12745733)

Actually... the official marketing stuff (at least early Chicago versions) even referred to it as 'ripped off'

Re:Whoa (0)

hey! (33014) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745751)

Yeah. Maybe people who think Spamalot is a rip-off could get together with the "George Lucas raped my childhood" crowd and form some kind of support group.

Re:Whoa (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12745822)

""George Lucas raped my childhood" crowd and form some kind of support group."

Bwahahahahaha

Re:Whoa (3, Informative)

aBlooMoon (765359) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745836)

Just to clarify, "lovingly ripped off" is a Python-esque slogan, even posted prominently on the side of the theatre. :)

Re:Whoa (1)

robvs68 (560549) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745875)

'ripped off'? Didn't most of the living cast support Spamalot? ... blah, blah, blah ...

[clueBat] Maybe the original post says, "lovingly ripped off..." because that is a bi-line in the Title of the show. [/clueBat]

Re:Whoa (1)

CodeHog (666724) | more than 9 years ago | (#12746051)

Well deserved taunts. My last sentence was less cynical than it may sound. Considering that Graham Chapman, aka King Arthur, is dead and that Monthy Python is not a creative force anymore (my opinion), I do agree that it is a rip off, however a lovingly one.
Either that or this is a taunt! You silly English ka nig its.

Re:Whoa (1)

Eric Giguere (42863) | more than 9 years ago | (#12746440)

Anyone who's a fan of the original should also check out the soundtrack album, officially called The Album of the Soundtrack of the Trailer of the Film of Monty Python and the Holy Grail [amazon.com] . Most of the classic sequences from the film are on there, along with some additional bits. Quite a riot. And I'm old enough that I have it in original LP form. (LP = long pants, youngster)

Eric
See your HTTP headers live [ericgiguere.com]

I suppose he was the brother of Lancelot (2, Funny)

Gopal.V (532678) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745643)

Spamalot ... lancelot .. camelot ..

Well, I am Talkalot

And my favourite color is yellow, no blue .... auuughhh.

Re:I suppose he was the brother of Lancelot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12745773)

We're knights of the round table, we dance whene're we're able.
We do routines, and border scenes, with footwork imp-e-cable;
We dine well here in Camelot, we eat ham and jam and spamalot.

We're knights of the round table, our shows are for-mid-able
Though many times, we're given rhymes, that are quite un-sing-able
We're not so bad in Camelot, we sing from the Dia-phragm alot!

Though we're tough and able,
Quite in-de-fa-ti-gable,
Between our quests, we seek incest and impersonate Clark Gable,
It's a busy life in Camelot:

I have to push the pram-a-lot!

Let me be the first to say (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12745939)

No, on seconds thoughts lets not go there. It is a silly place.

Huh? (1)

islandrain (888578) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745653)

Spamalot? It should be called Camelot!

Re:Huh? (1)

UncreativeMike (890126) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745904)

Not to troll, but there is already a musical named Camelot. http://musicals.net/?sn=11&show=Camelot [musicals.net]

Besides... (2, Funny)

geekanarchy (769840) | more than 9 years ago | (#12746278)

... it's only a model.

Slow news week continues at Slashdot (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12745658)

Shouldn't you people be sleeping after the all-night celebration for Apple's 'Liberation'?

Always a fan... (1)

ivanjs (801614) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745665)

Now if I could only see the musical. Stuck in the Midwest... John

Re:Always a fan... (4, Interesting)

CodeHog (666724) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745697)

Too late, for now. It played in Chicago prior to moving to New York. It was a short run, the month of February if I recall correctly. I walked by the theater it played at a couple of times a week. Tickets were difficult to come by.

Re:Always a fan... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12745951)

The Chicago run started in 2004--I can't remember when it started, but I know it was going even in December. Chicago run ended in January, though.

I was at one of the last shows of that run.

Bananatree3 is a coward nigger (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12745688)

Bananatree3, I hereby sentence you to pwned.

About Time (3, Funny)

Elitist_Phoenix (808424) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745708)

Now if only I could find a gang of topless ladies to chase me off a cliff my life would be complete.

Re:About Time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12745954)

I always wanted to be trapped in the castle with Zoot and the other lovelies with the spanking and the oral sex

wrong play (1)

bored_lurker (788136) | more than 9 years ago | (#12746204)

You'll have to wait for The Meaning of Life-alot for that one. Wrong movie.

The Tony Awards were on Sunday... (0, Troll)

amstrad (60839) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745712)

...why is this news on Tuesday?

Re:The Tony Awards were on Sunday... (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745898)

You're right - normally the editors would get around to posting this on Friday. Guess we'll just have to settle for leftover dupe spamALOT on Friday.

Ad AI? (2, Informative)

sepluv (641107) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745713)

The ad on at the top of the page featured a picture of John Cleese with the following text:
Suffering from Backup Trauma? Check out this hilarious new video starring John Cleese
It goes to http://www.backuptrauma.com/ [backuptrauma.com] . LOL.

Just a tip... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12745715)

If you were planning on catching "Spamalot" this summer, you can pretty much either pay a scalper or forget about it. As I found out last night, it's more-or-less sold slam out through Labor Day.

Yes, even if you are Arthur, King of the Britons.

Re:Just a tip... (1)

Leontes (653331) | more than 9 years ago | (#12746315)

is this the right room for an argument? Bah, tickets smickets, the last time someone said it would be impossible to get into a broadway show, I was able to wait in line on thursday for about an hour and easily get tickets along with at least two hundred and fifty other people. And this was the Producers! Mind you, this was in 2001. In September. Two days after a little incident down town. Okay. Maybe hoping on another major terrorist incident isn't a good way to go on the ticket front, either realistically or as far as karma is concerned. I think I need hitting on the head lessons.

IMO... (2, Interesting)

dan.mongeau (445278) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745736)

It should have won more Tonys. It was a great show. They picked up on many small things from the movie and a bunch of completely new stuff.

Only thought they could have done better with the black Knight scene...

What it means (5, Informative)

ducttapekz (879839) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745741)

To all of you who haven't watched the movie recently enough to get the title, see if this rings a bell:

"And the Lord spake, saying, 'First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin. Then, shalt thou count to three, no more, no less. Three shalt be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shalt be three. Four shalt thou not count, nor either count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thou foe, who being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it.

Amen.

Right! One... two... five!

Three, sir!

Three!

[boom]

PS: Don't sue me.

Re:What it means (3, Funny)

tourvil (103765) | more than 9 years ago | (#12746202)

To all of you who haven't watched the movie recently enough to get the title...

Come on man, this is Slashdot... Slashdot...

Instead of a Tony Award... (3, Funny)

Nova Express (100383) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745761)

...they should have been given a shubbery.

Interesting how The Light in the Piazza won more Tonys, but not Best Musical.

and after the musical (2, Funny)

Errtu76 (776778) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745873)

a big police car arrives and arrests the entire cast!

Re:and after the musical (1)

sharkb8 (723587) | more than 9 years ago | (#12746097)

No, they pull a member of the audience up on stge and take a polaroid of him with the cast. You see the grail was under his seat the entire time. THe Show I went to, it was seat b101, down front.

Monty Python (1)

Squalid05 (850603) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745877)

"Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of ELDERBERRYS" NI!

Re:Monty Python (1)

OrinNYC (889825) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745932)

I fart in your general direction!

And there was (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12745900)

much rejoicing.

I've just got to say... (5, Informative)

aBlooMoon (765359) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745901)

It was the best Broadway show I've been to...

David Hyde Pierce is the perfect Sir Robin, Hank Azaria is the perfect Lancelot, Sara Ramirez was a wonderful Lady of the Lake, and we all know John Cleese is pretty close to being God anyway. My main problem was Tim Curry as King Arthur. While he was excellent, he did seem a bit...old.

Overall, a fun night...it will be revisited, if I can get decent tickets again, which probably won't be the case for another year at least.

Re:I've just got to say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12746240)

Sadly on the night we went Tim Curry wasn't in it. However, everybody else was excellent, particularly Hank Azaria, who does such a good John Cleese that at times I forgot it wasn't him.

Must go again...

Re:I've just got to say... (1)

aBlooMoon (765359) | more than 9 years ago | (#12746418)

Exactly. Perfect right down to the french tower guard accents talking about "English kahniggets". :D

I have heard rumors of him leaving either at the end of this month or next, though, which is a shame.

IT'S headed to the UK... (5, Funny)

OakDragon (885217) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745911)

http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2004580002-2005 260250,00.html [thesun.co.uk]

I just hope they get this kind of humor over there...

Re:IT'S headed to the UK... (1, Informative)

VJ42 (860241) | more than 9 years ago | (#12746131)

You do realise that "this kind of humour" was invented over here. Monty python is British; it's humour doubly so. I'm just supprised that you get it over there.

Re:IT'S headed to the UK... (1)

OakDragon (885217) | more than 9 years ago | (#12746230)

I do realize that; I guess my post was a little "dry" :)

Re:IT'S headed to the UK... (1)

VJ42 (860241) | more than 9 years ago | (#12746287)

Sorry, althought I use it alot IRL I often fail too spot Irony and sarcasm on the net. esp. here at /. :)

Re:IT'S headed to the UK... (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 9 years ago | (#12746279)

So seeing as you completely missed the humor of the parent post, the answer is no? :-)

Hey, I tease. I grew up so immersed in British comedy (Anglophile parents, don't you know) that I barely relate to most American style comedy.

My parents, now that they are retired, basically just have BBC America on all day.

What the heck is Rik Mayall up to?

Re:IT'S headed to the UK... (1)

VJ42 (860241) | more than 9 years ago | (#12746405)

"I grew up so immersed in British comedy" British comedy is the only comedy. ;) In all seriousness I find much American Comedy dull, formulaic (sp?), and repetitive. All your exported sitcoms sort of blend into one after a while.

Please Mod Funny ... ! (1)

SpooForBrains (771537) | more than 9 years ago | (#12746232)

Someone please mod this funny - I don't know if he meant to be but he sure made me laugh

ripped off? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12745914)

Eric Idle wrote Spamalot! Hard to say he's ripping off himself.

And this would have been more timely if it had been posted closer to the awards ceremony on SUNDAY night. Way to keep up with the news, Taco.

Re:ripped off? (0, Offtopic)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745948)

Right. Today was supposed to be the DUPE of the story.

...and the number (3, Funny)

blackbear (587044) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745977)

of awards won was three...

Ripped off... (2, Insightful)

Inari (19318) | more than 9 years ago | (#12746025)


Saying it was ripped off isn't fair. Yes they are still milking the Monty Python fame but many Python fans we eager to see a new twist on the old stuff. Spamalot wasn't just a cut an paste job. Things were adapted to live stage, dated content was updated and a good bit of new content was added. Some of my favorite sequences were the new material in fact. They were messing about with sacred materials and did a really good job.

And about some of the other musicals... (0, Offtopic)

kria (126207) | more than 9 years ago | (#12746052)

I was in New York earlier this year, and among other activities, we saw Dirty Rotten Scoundrals and La Cage aux Folles. Both were VERY good, and I'm pleased to see they won awards (Scoundrals won best male actor in a musical and La Cage got best revival musical and best choreography).

I know a lot of you might be freaked out by a lot of crossdressers, but really, I recommend both of them.

(I don't, however, recommend Phantom, which is the other musical we saw. Rent the new movie... it's much better, IMHO.)

hmm (2, Interesting)

nomadic (141991) | more than 9 years ago | (#12746260)

What annoyed me were the condescending articles when the news came out about how this play was bringing the 25-35 male demographic in. The tone was always that this demographic was a bunch of culturally defective mouth-breathers, and it was a good thing they were finally getting exposure to high art. Ridiculous of course, Broadway musicals are definitely not high culture; the Broadway community used to recognize this, but now they seem to be getting inflated opinions of themselves.

My girlfriend took me to see it. (1)

Bob Cat - NYMPHS (313647) | more than 9 years ago | (#12746310)

Tim Curry wasn't there, so understudy John Bolton took the part, and was pretty damn good. Hank Azaria has the standout performance, but everyone was terrific. I can't wait 'til they make it into a movie. ;)

But mostly, I just wanted to brag that my girlfriend took me to see it.

...but I HATE spam! (1)

bornyesterday (888994) | more than 9 years ago | (#12746327)

salesman: We've spam-burgers, spam-souflee, spam-dog, spam-cicles, spam omlettes, spam and eggs, spam and grits, spam and toast, spam and cheese sandwhiches, spam on rye...

old woman: I don't want any spam! I hate spam! I just want some eggs and toast.

salesman: i'm sorry, we don't have just eggs and toast.

...

on the otherhand, I love SPAMalot. (but i don't like spam a lot)

Just wait until Lucas discovers theatre... (1)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | more than 9 years ago | (#12746367)

Just wait until George Lucas discovers theatre...

Follow-up? (1)

Salvius23 (868259) | more than 9 years ago | (#12746407)

With the success of Spamelot, will we be seeing "Brian Cohen, Superstar" a few years from now?
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