I Went To See Spamalot And All I Got Was This T Shirt And Whole Lance A Lot Of Laughs.

2024 Cast Of Spamalot

Photo: Playbill: Alex Brightman Knight of “Ni”



I decided to review “Spamalot”after its run was over because I think it’s funny. I had the pleasure of attending the final night of Spamalot, and what a night it was! As a seasoned aficionado of comedy, with Monty Python and Sketch Comedy taking center stage in my entertainment repertoire, this production was a delightful spectacle that tickled my funny bone in all the right ways. I went with my friend who writes books, so I felt very important that evening.


Let’s travel back in time to a momentous occasion – when I found myself in the colossal St. James Theatre, a magnificent venue that loomed around me like a comedic colossus. 1665 seats. The lights dazzlingly danced across the stage, enhancing the whimsical world of “Spamalot” with their brilliance. It was as if the very essence of Monty Python had been infused into the luminous display before my eyes. It felt like the Pythons were there.


Monty Python has been a constant companion throughout my comedy journey, from the days of “The State” and “The Kids In The Hall” to the unforgettable experience of Monty Python Live at The O2 in London back in 2014 (yes, time truly flies!). So, it was with great anticipation that I settled in to witness this musical extravaganza.


“Spamalot” is a unique gem in the world of musical theater, offering a nostalgic tour through the iconic Monty Python sketches, particularly their legendary work, “Monty Python and The Holy Grail.” Eric Idle, the mastermind behind the show, blended the film’s humor with a fantastic and uproarious score that paid homage to the Pythons’ comedic legacy. Despite the recent Idle complaints that he makes no money from being a Python to openly despising Cleese.


The cast of Spamalot delivered performances that were nothing short of stellar. Alex Brightman’s portrayal of Lancelot, The Knight who says “Ni” and the inimitable Tim were all standouts, showcasing his unparalleled versatility and comedic prowess. I once Stage Managed a one man show for Alex where he played 20 characters and sang 16 songs. An impressive feat. They should have called him “Sir Laugh A Lot” because that’s what he does. He gets audiences to laugh a lot. Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer’s rendition of the Lady of the Lake was a true feat of vocal talent and comedic timing, making her performance a joy to behold. Johnathan Bennet as Sir Robin was also a stand out performance as each line he said was funnier than the last


And let’s not forget the spectacular sets that transported us back in time and space. From whimsical castles to clever 3D effects, every detail was meticulously crafted to immerse the audience in the world of Monty Python. And the cherry on top? John Cleese’s opening monologue and Steve Martin’s surprise cameo as God added an extra layer of history and hilarity to the proceedings.


As the curtains closed on Spamalot’s Broadway run, I couldn’t help but lament the end of this comedic masterpiece. However, the show’s upcoming national tour promises to spread laughter and joy far and wide, ensuring that audiences across the country can revel in its comedic brilliance.


So, if you’re looking for a night of laughter and entertainment that transcends generations, Spamalot is the perfect choice. Grab your family, friends, and distant relatives – this is a show that guarantees laughs for everyone. And who knows, maybe Eric Idle will finally overcome his alleged money issues with the success of this timeless production and make amends with Cleese.


Run Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

For more information and tickets, visit: Spamalot Website (https://spamalotthemusical.com/)

DB Frick
D.B. is a long time writer and performer. He's had the opportunity to work alongside such greats a Martin Scorsese and Jesse Eisenberg. Most recently D.B. was a writer and performer for the podcast The National Lampoon Presents The Final Edition run by comic icon Tony Hendra, whom D.B. has also written with. D.B. was Senior Comedy Writer for The NY Theatre Guide, interviewing many greats and reviewing NYC Comedy. D.B. also has a script used as material in an NYU Tisch writing class taught by mentor, D.B. Gilles. D.B. has also taught Improv and Writing at UCLA and Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.

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