Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Clay Aiken is the new John Cleese

Our recent trip to Washington was only slightly marred by our hotel being next to the theatre hosting Spamalot, meaning every trip out either commenced with fighting your way through a bunch of overdressed Pyhton fans, or rushing past a television blaring a constant loop of What Great Larks it all is.

Still, it turns out it could have been worse: Clay Aiken's joined the cast:

"The first time I saw it I thought it was the stupidest thing I'd ever seen in my entire life. My tour drummer is the 'Spamalot' drummer, and (he) said you've got to see it again."

How dull would your wit have to be to need a second visit to Spamalot to 'get' it? It's a musical based on a Monty Python film. It's hardly obscurantist humour, is it?
"I thought Monty Python was a person until three months ago."

Oh. That would be roughly where the dull wit would be calibrated, then.

Apparently it's not easy being in the show:
He told [Newsweek] he was so sore from rehearsals he "couldn't even get off the toilet the other day."

"It hurts so bad. I don't know if it's I'm not coordinated or using muscles I never had to use before," he said.

What muscles, exactly, are in your bottom that you need to use for acting that you might never have exercised before?


Anonymous said...

I believe Mr Aiken is referring to his leg muscles being sore as there are quite a lot of dance steps in the play and he has never danced before. You people do love to make him out to be the fool though, don't you?

Anonymous said...

You people do love to make him out to be the fool though, don't you?

For not knowing who Monty Python are? Aiken's made _himself_ out to be a bit dense here, we're just sitting back and watching.

Anonymous said...

How ignorant are you? He wasn't even born yet when Monty Python was on the air and the Holy Grail was released in 1975. Before he was born! It isn't a prerequisite to intelligence to be a Python fan. Christ!

He knows and appreciates it now. Isn't that what counts?

Anonymous said...

Eric dear, one should not throw stones from glass houses. Going by your sparkling logic, I should be completely justified in asking who Christ was. Before my time, you see.

He knows and appreciates it now. Isn't that what counts?

Wow! And I thought the Mozzer's sycophants were impassioned. I think you're taking this far too seriously--you act like you're defending him from claims that he sodomized a puppy.

Simon Hayes Budgen said...

Added to which, Eric, Spamalot won a slew of Tony Awards in 2005. It's not like we're talking about End Of Part One or If You See God, Tell Him - this is a really well-known series which has, for the last two or three years, been represented on the stage. If Clay Aiken can't be expected to know about musical theatre, what would he know about?

(Ms Summers - I'm now picturing Aiken being caught with a little dog defending himself with the line "isn't this what Bob Barker always asked us to do..."?)

CarsmileSteve said...

should i be worried that i don't know who Clay Aiken is?

Anonymous said...

Mr HB: I'm also imagining Janeane Garafalo going "Love your pets...just don't love your pets."

carsmilesteve: Not in the slightest; on the contrary, you should be commended for having somehow managed to avoid all that.

Chus said...

This is what I think: Clay Aiken

Simon Hayes Budgen said...

"what you think" would appear to be a massive cut and paste of the Wikipedia article on Clay Aiken. Either you really do base your opinions on the wisdom of the crowds, or else... you know... you might be a little bit spammy.

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