Pop culture, entertainment & all things Fresno

Win tickets to Good Company’s ‘Spamalot’

It’s amazing what one line of dialogue can do to a Monty Python fan.

Try it by asking: “Are you suggesting coconuts migrate?”

If the person you ask this odd question of degenerates into hysterical giggles, and then starts to tell you all about King Arthur and his much-put-upon personal assistant, Patsy, then you know you’ve got an M.P. fan on your hands.

As Good Company Players prepares to open the local premiere Thursday of the musical “Spamalot,” we’re looking for some of those fans to share their favorite Monty Python scenarios from the movies. Is it the Killer Rabbit? The “Bring out your dead” scene? Or how about the Black Knight who shrugs away his chopped off appendages one by one?

“Spamalot” is mostly based on the classic movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” but the musical also includes bits and pieces from the entire Python oeuvre, so we’re happy to hear about any of your favorite moments. While you’re at it, tell us (if you’d like) your age, how big a fan you are and why you think the comic magic still works today. Have a funny “Monty Python” memory? Share it with us.

We’ll pick one of the submissions at random as a winner and give that person two tickets (dinner and show) to any performance of “Spamalot,” which runs through March 17 at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater. I’ll be contacting the winner by email, and I’ll also pick some comments to run in my story in next Friday’s issue of 7 about the opening of the show.

Only one entry per person, please. Deadline is 2 p.m. Tuesday. For rules, see the jump.

Only readers who submit a comment on this post or through the mail are eligible. Winner will be picked at random. Recipient will be notified by e-mail at the end of each giveaway period. No substitutions or transfer of winners/prizes. Prizes are not redeemable for cash. Some prizes may have due dates for redemption/use. Employees and immediate family of The Fresno Bee, and any/all of the participating giveaway sponsors, are not eligible to win. By accepting a giveaway, recipient consents to allow the use of his/her name and/or photograph for advertising or similar promotions without further compensation. Winner releases all sponsors of liability regarding use and enjoyment of the prizes. Tax liabilities and insurance, if any, are sole responsibility of the winner. No purchase necessary to win.

Responses to "Win tickets to Good Company’s ‘Spamalot’"

Kristie Leyba says:

So many great quotes to choose from here, but the classic, “Bring out your dead!” works for so many of lives little, special moments. :)

Douglas Hamilton says:

I’ve always loved anything Monty Python because it is irreverant, and so much a part of my generation. Very tongue in cheek, and very “British”. I loved them all, but my favorite is the “Cheese Shop” from “Something Completely Different” with John Cleese where he wanders into a cheese shop with no available cheese. What a classic!

Andrew says:

‘Tis but a scratch!

wienzer says:

“A spanking! A Spanking! There’s going to be a spanking tonight!”

But seriously the Bridge of Death is still my favorite scene in that film

Joe Ozier says:

I keep coming back to… “When you’re chewing on life’s gristle, don’t grumble, give a whistle, and this’ll help things turn out for the best, oh…Always look on the bright side of life”.
It is quite a bold ironic & satirical choice to have jews singing “Life’s a piece of Sh#t while attached to their crucifixe’s. Only Monte Python could pull that off. Imagine if they came out with that today? I don’t think it would have the same reaction in this edgy environment we live in now.

Mary says:

My husband was amazed to hear that Spamalot is at Roger Rockas! He is a huge Monthy Python fan. I asked him about the quote and he said “what is your favorite color?” Would love to take him to this show!

Raymond Gonzalez says:

Someday son, all this will be yours

What? The curtains?

ed says:

always a bit partial to “Oh, but you can’t expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you.”

Patty says:

“I fart in your general direction” or “I wave my private parts at your aunties, you cheesy lot of second hand electric donkey-bottom biters.”

Stacy Hannel says:

Oh my goodness…my husband is all about Monthy Python. He purchased a Knights of Ni mask at the Tower Game Shop about six years ago and wears it to all the Mardi Gras parades in the Tower District…yes…he wears it every year….you have probably seen him…..also the first month that I met him…he insisted we watch the movie….the next day he took a me on a hike…his young boys…galloped the whole way with coconuts in hand showing me the way….they even played out several scenes in the movie.I will never forget that hike!! What joy… what laughter.. I loved this!! I married him and his two young boys… His favorite quote..would be “Ni” I hope we win cause this is our familys special LOL movie!

Matt says:

There are some who call me… Tim.

Pat says:

Not dead yet. Every time I think about that along and the scene collecting the dead and not yet bodied it makes me laugh. Weird huh!

Allison Davis says:

One word can get me going: Shrubbery.

Don says:

I’m not a great fan of Monty Python, but sometimes it’s offerings of the unexpected and sometimes the unaccepted makes for a delicious comedy confection.

msbee says:

Loved Monty Python as teenager, and would love to reconnect. I remember something about a lumberjack.

Jim says:

I was introduced to Monty Python as a high school student in the early 1970′s by an intelligent and eccentric English instructor. I developed an appreciation for the off the wall and sometimes seemingly ridiculous takes on our world. (Why would anyone try to sell a dead parrot? No, no, no, he’s just resting!) I am the proud owner of a t-shirt the states “I f__t in your general direction” and I can “ride” around anywhere with my half coconuts. I have Monty Python 33 1/3 albums, the entire series DVD collection including Live at the Hollywood Bowl, and have seen Spamalot in San Francisco. My favorite scene for Holy Grail is a tough one. I would have to say when King Arthur answers the bridge keeper “What do you mean? An African or European swallow?” is certainly one of my favorites. This comedy is timeless because of its creative genius, absurdity, and cutting edge style.

Brad says:

I was at a meeting recently when the speaker made an oblique reference to Spam and everyone spontaneously started chanting “Spam Spam Spam Spam”.

Seems pretty good evidence that it’s become part of our culture.

amy says:

Bridge of Death scene makes my stomach hurt because I laugh so hard.

Tim says:

One of my favorites is the Dead Parrot skit. For some unknown reason I also like that big foot that used to crush things. Very silly but very funny.

Marie says:

My husband got me into Monty Python’s humor when we were first married. I remember us watching Monty Python and the Flying Circus every week. There are so many funny skits to choose from and everyone above listed a lot of them. My favorite, however, is Miss Anne Elk. Sometimes I will just start saying “uh hmm, uh hmm! A brontosauraus is very, very small at one end, very very big in the middle and very very small at the other end!” To which Jim will say “That’s it is it?” And we just keep on going until the end where he says “I’m going to have to shoot you!” ratatatatat! After all these years, we still get a big kick out that and other skits that they did. What genius!!

DB says:

“Get me some shrubbery!” My face hurt from laughing after watching Monty Python.

Joe Halpen says:

I’ve been a fan of Monty Python since the early ’70′s. My girlfriend took me to Las Vegas a few years back on my birthday and we saw ‘Spamalot’ at the Wynn. The amazing thing was I was chosen out of the audience to come up on stage with the cast. Actor, John O’Hurley played King Arthur and asked my name, I sheepishly answered, Joe. He then asked if my baloney had a last name. It was such a highlight, I had my photo taken with the cast and was given a small gold foot trophy for being best peasant of Vegas, and we all joined in a rousing chorus of spam, spam, spam, spam, spam.
There are so many classic quotes and skits. Some of my favorites would be, ‘The Argument Clinic’, ‘The Ministry of Silly Walks’ and of course from “The Life of Brian” when Caesar introduces ‘Biggus Dickus’ and his wife ‘Incontenentia Buttocks’.

Gwen says:

Our family has seen Spamalot in NYC, London, SF, San Jose & LA, 50 times easily. (We enjoy the show a lot, possibly to the point of being considered…Spamaholics?!?) Some examples, after my Mom left the hospital for special surgery, her first outing was to see….you guessed it, Spamalot. Or the time we flew to London for a long weekend to see Spamalot, since she had never seen Tim Curry as the ‘it’s good to be’ King (& it was her birthday)

One surprising difference between Spamalot in England vs America: In England, everybody just sings along and says all the bits during the entire show…We don’t do that over here. Marin Mazzie (LOL in NY) & Hannah Waddingham (LOL in London) switched productions and it took Mazzie quite a while to get used to everyone singing along with the show in London!

(Spoiler alert if you haven’t seen the show)

One (of many) lines that cracks us up every time is:
You won’t succeed on Broadway, if you don’t have any – Jews…

Some other favs are:
Below me (killer rabbit)
Skip ahead a bit (Brother Maynard with the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch)
I have to push the pram a lot.
Now we’re into E, that’s awfully high for me. As some of you can see, we should have stayed in C.
I said England!
I’m all alone, so all alone, there is no one here beside me.
His name is Lancelot (I’ll stop here in case you ignored my spoiler alert & haven’t seen the show yet)

And the always classic…bring out your dead!

Phoebe says:

I’ve lived in the valley a long time but I’ve never been to Roger Rocket’s, I think it would be wonderful for my first time there would be to see a production of anything related to Monty Python(:
Oh, also: She turned me into a newt…..WELL I GOT BETTER!

EG says:

God: Every time I try to talk to someone it’s “sorry this” and “forgive me that” and “I’m not worthy”… lol

Kyle says:

I remember watching Monty Python during college in my dorm with a bunch of friends and a lot of alcohol. We’d watch and quote it for a good laugh.

Gina Sandoval says:

Love MP! Would love to catch a show too!

FresnoDan says:

“Give me some shrubbery”

Heather P says:

My favorite Monty Python sketch ever is from season 1, episode 2 (for those of you following along at home): Working Class Playwright.

Son: “Someday you’ll realize there’s more to life than culture!”

Father: “There’s nothing wrong with gala luncheons, lad!”

Zeke says:

Prince Herbert: But mother,
King of Swamp Castle: Father, I’m father.
Prince Herbert: But father…


Patty says:

The Dead Parrot skit, for one. Last summer I saw it performed brilliantly by a couple of 12-year-olds as part of a comedy revue.

Austin says:

From a Flying Circus skit, when asked if he has any qualifications to be a lion tamer, an accountant replies “Well, I’ve got a hat.” The Palin/Cleese back-and-forth was always the best.

Jon says:

Love the movie have never seen the musical version. Cool offer.

Ben says:

I like the conversations with God! What a funny cult movie and I’m sure the play is great!

Daniel says:

“She’s got huge….tracks of land!”

Rosa M. Vasquez says:

Bring out your dead
I’m not dead
I’m feeling better
I have all the shows, movies and records. Only my sister in Missouri will trade quotes with me.

Barry Falke says:

“Always look on the bright side of life.”

Eric Burgess says:

Arthur: “What is the air speed velocity of an unmated swallow?”

Old man: “What?! I don’t know that!! Arrggghhhhhhh…” as he’s then ejected into oblivion…

Brandon Sandoval says:

“Go and boil your bottoms, you sons of silly persons! “

Amanda says:

“Please! This is supposed to be a happy occasion. Let’s not bicker and argue over who killed who”

Mike B says:

“O Lord, bless this thy hand grenade, that with it thou mayst blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy”

Andrew Gray says:

“A five ounce bird cannot carry a one pound coconut!” – King Arthur

Matthew says:

I didn’t get all the political/societal humor when I was a kid, but it gets funnier the older I get:

King Arthur: The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite, held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water signifying by Divine Providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. That is why I am your king!
Dennis: Listen. Strange women lying in ponds, distributing swords, is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony!
King Arthur: Be quiet!
Dennis: You can’t expect to wield supreme power just ’cause some watery tart threw a sword at you!
King Arthur: Shut up!
Dennis: I mean, if I went ’round saying I was an emperor, just because some moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar at me, they’d put me away!
King Arthur: Shut up! Will you shut up?!
[Arthur grabs Dennis and shakes him.]
Dennis: Ah, now we see the violence inherent in the system!

Katherine says:

“Intercourse the penguin!”
I grew up watching Monty Python and always liked the Flying Circus and the Holy Grail best.

Ms. Shepherd says:

The agatha christie skit is great!
“I am chief superintendent of the yard. Chief Lookout. Lookout?! Where?”

Conrad says:

Bring out your dead is great.
The part in Monty Python and the Holy Grail when the dancing legos peform is also fun. And of course the bits about “Huge tracts of land!” Friends of mine still use that phrase to describe certain silhouettes. says:

-I’m feeling better.
-No you’re not, you’ll be stone dead in a moment.

Helen Prince says:

Love Monty Python

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>