Forty years ago, a British comedy troupe achieved almost a cult-like following in the United States. The jokes were simple, some were crude, and while some loved them, others just didn’t seem to get the appeal.
The kids who fell in love with Monty Python’s silly humor are grown up, but the humor lives on in a slightly different medium.
“Spamalot,” a play based on the works of Monty Python, comes to the Carson Center next week, bringing with it what cast member Adam Grabau calls “toilet humor packaged as sophisticated wit.” While the production crams in all of the beloved jokes of the group’s movies, such as “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” it also boasts a full-cast musical production.
“I have traveled with this show all around the country, and have done over 300 showings,” Grabau said. “It never gets old. I never have to try to have fun. What you see is always genuine. It’s an amazing show.”
Grabau’s journey with the show began when he saw it on Broadway in 2006. Although he worked on productions like “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Producers,” he was in love with character work and saw his chance with “Spamalot.” Now, he plays most of the characters that actor John Cleese played, including Lancelot — who has been described as “homicidally brave — the French taunter and the infamous Knight Who Says Ni.
Grabau said the people who loved the classic Monty Python comedy are often the people who come to see the play. However, he has seen the younger generation take up the show and fall in love with theater through it, something that he says is a testament to the show.
“The people who created the show say it is ‘lovingly ripped off’ of the movies and their content,” Grabau said. “The Python purists will love the content. Others may find other parts that are funny, like when we poke at other Broadway plays or when we do completely choreographed dance numbers. There is something for every one who likes theater.”
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