My wife, as part of her Great Books class at Wright State University, was assigned
the Shakespearean play, Much
Ado About Nothing. I ended up reading it to her as we
drove back from my parent's house from an Easter visit, complete
with a horrid fake Cockney accent, and the thought that one scene in particular reminded me of nothing
so much as this scene from Monty Python's
The Quest for the Holy Grail, which in turn led her to think
it reminded her of the Spanish
Inquisition sketch. And oh, how we laughed, punch-drunk
with fatigue and a long car ride.
And I thought that the end of it.
Shortly thereafter, her professor, Dr. Geisel, gave an assignment
to rewrite part of the play, or analyze it. Analyzing
it? That was right out - which left rewriting part of
it. This was a horrible, horrible thing to suggest to someone
who not only possesses a warped sense of humor, but knows a bunch
of other people who share that sense of humor.
And thus was born Not Much Ado About The Holy Grail, a
parody not only of Shakespeare, but a parody of Monty Python at the
same time. A parody in the sense that the "Talentless Show"
scene is a parody of acting, that is.
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