I’m really enjoying the discipline of blogging! But it was not an easy discipline to acquire. While in Las Vegas this past weekend, my friends, Bryant and Pam, took me to see Spamalot. Although I’ve always loved humor, I was never a huge Monty Python fan. That has slowly changed.
Spamalot stars John O’Hurley as King Arthur. I liked him on Seinfeld, and I loved him in this role! He was delightfully funny, as was most of the cast.
My favorite lines…
You know what I’m talking about if you’ve seen the show:
– “Bright side” by the maimed knight
– “Neal…I’m Dennis”
– “That’s just not something you tell a heavily armed Christian”
– “Even 1,000 years from now, this will still be controversial.”
This show is so well written. I didn’t see some of the “call backs” coming, which delighted me. Usually I can anticipate them because it is an important part of my presentations. Call backs are so important to humorists. It is a way to tap into and “milk” what you already have that works.
A “call back” is when there is a funny line in your presentation (or in this case the play) and you refer back to it later in the show. Example: Dennis, one of the knights insisted on being called Dennis even though the king was not referring to his name (it was very funny). Later in the show, King Arthur asks him to kneel (to be knighted), “My name is Dennis” was his reply. You did not see it coming. It was very funny. As I teach, it was a great trick that the writers and actors created in your mind!
Let it inspire you to use the same principles in your presentations!
PS. My new favorite songs… that I can’t get out of my head:
• Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
• I’m Alone
• You won’t succeed on Broadway
Stage time, Stage time, Stage time,
PPS If you want to learn more about humor, check out my interviews with 8 of the people who taught me how to be funny. My 4 CD Set: Learn How the Pros Make ’em Laugh
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