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June 9, 2005 12:03 AM

Broken: Spamalot ad

Dsc01205In honor of the new Broadway musical "Spamalot" winning three Tony Awards a few days ago, I thought I'd point out this erroneous bus ad. The ad promises "witches", which are totally absent from the show.

   "How do you know she is a witch?"
   "She looks like one!"

This favorite scene of Python fans is not in the show.

But I did see Spamalot a few months ago, and it's a good show. So nothing's very broken here. I figure they designed the bus ad early on, when the script included the witch scene, and then the witch scene was cut later, after the bus ad was in production.



Even if that scene were included, the ad would still be broken, wouldn't it? She _wasn't_ a witch, they just dressed her up that way. And did the nose.

Posted by: Todd Larason at June 9, 2005 04:53 AM

WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT TODD! She was obviosly a witch! She turned a man into a NEWT!(he got better) And really, she weighed as much as a duck, which means she floated, and therefore........A WITCH!

Posted by: Ed at June 9, 2005 07:44 AM

But, Ed, very *small* rocks and lead also float.

Posted by: Bob at June 9, 2005 08:21 AM

I suppose that's the only bit MP ever did on witches?

Posted by: Jim King at June 9, 2005 10:16 AM


Actually large rocks float as well you could have a huge chunk of pumice and it would still float, as will concrete canoes and aircraft carriers. I suspect though that this might be some Monty Python reference to small rocks that I don't get.

Posted by: Joshua Wood at June 9, 2005 11:14 AM


Posted by: Mark Hurst at June 9, 2005 11:21 AM

/This favorite scene of Python fans is not in the show./

I saw it in Chicago and I believe the scene was there. Maybe they cut it.

Posted by: Tom at June 9, 2005 11:30 AM


You're correct, it's part of the scene being referenced here. The townspeople are accusing a woman of being a witch, and a knight (I don't remember his name) is giving them a line of questioning to help them determine if she really is or not. This is a generalized summary:

Knight: Why do witches burn?

Townspeople: Because they're made of wood.

K: And what happens when you put wood in water?

T: It floats. Throw her into the river to see if she floats!

K: No no no. What also floats in water?

T: Rain! Very small rocks!

K: No no... ugh...

King Arthur: A DUCK!

K: Very good!

T: So if she weighs the same as a duck, then she's made of wood...

K: And therefore?


The funny just doesn't come through when it's typed out. Just watch the movie, it's hysterical.

"Where? Behind the rabbit?"


Posted by: Manni at June 9, 2005 12:49 PM

Ahh, I've seen it once but it wasn't really my cup of tea. For some reason seeing your description and imagining it is funnier than seeing the source material. I've had the same experience with the one more and I'll burst. It was hilarious when described to me and acted out by a coworker during lunch, but wasn't nearly as funny when seeing it. I just must be wierd.

Posted by: Joshua Wood at June 9, 2005 03:01 PM

AUTHOR: knightwhosaysnee
DATE: 06/09/2005 03:19:22 PM

Posted by: knightwhosaysnee at June 9, 2005 03:19 PM

later adds have witches crossed out beause they're too espensive

Posted by: CradilyM at June 9, 2005 07:11 PM

Bedevere- "What do you burn, apart from witches?"

First Villager- (pianissimo) "...wood?"

Bedevere- "Good! So how can we tell if she is made of wood?"

First Villager- "Make a bridge out of her."

Bedevere- "Ah... But can you not also make bridges out of stone?"

All- "Ah... yes, of course... um...."

Bedevere- "Does wood sink in water?"

All- "No, no, it floats. Throw her in the pond. Tie weights on her. To the pond."

B- "Wait, wait. Tell me, what also floats on water?"

All- "Bread? No, no, no. Apples... gravy... churches... very small rocks!"

King Arthur- "A duck!"

B- "Exactly. So... logically...."

First Villager- "If she... weighs the same as a duck... shes made of wood."

B- "And therefore?"

All- "A witch!"

And so on and so forth. I couldn't resist, but I had the actual screenplay, so I had to set it right.

All- "Burn her! Burn her! Lets make her into a ladder!"

Posted by: Spicy Meatball at June 9, 2005 09:58 PM

Ahh, but you forget. The guy who got turned into a newt also said 'Lead'.

C'mon, Mr. Wood! It's like the best movie ever!

Posted by: Bob at June 10, 2005 05:53 PM

Has nobody noticed the errant comma before the wor "and?"

Posted by: Ted at June 10, 2005 08:21 PM

Whether it's errant is debateable, and crusty retired english teachers spend long hours arguing it. Let's leave it to them.

Posted by: Bob at June 11, 2005 12:43 PM

Whether it's errant is debateable, and crusty retired english teachers spend long hours arguing it. Let's leave it to them.

Posted by: Bob at June 11, 2005 12:43 PM

Darn! Double post! And it took me a day to notice!

Posted by: Bob at June 12, 2005 10:27 PM

I warned you. I warned you but nooooo it's just a silly little bunny idn't it....

Posted by: T-1000 at June 13, 2005 09:32 PM

I too saw it in Chicago, and the scene was definetly in there. Hmmmm

Posted by: Samantha at June 13, 2005 11:53 PM

Spamelot was the best broadway show ive ever seen. The movie is just about as good and ive got the whole thing memorized.

knights:camelot! camelot! camelot!

patst: its just a model...

Posted by: someone O.o at November 6, 2005 02:16 PM

We are no longer the nights who say NI! we are now the knights who say: Icky, Icky gapang NOOOOWONG!

Posted by: someone O.o at November 6, 2005 02:18 PM

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