Friday, March 17, 2006

The Great White Way

As you read this blog, Smarty Pants is wandering through the streets of Manhattan. I’ve met a friend there and we are no doubt eating fabulous food and complaining about how much our feet hurt after walking so much. It’s St. Patrick’s Day, so we’ll be Irish for the day, partaking in green beer and watching the parade from the steps of the Met as it goes down 5th Avenue. By now, I've probably spent too much money on a knockoff Dooney & Burke purse in Chinatown and spend two hours in line at the TKTS booth trying to get some last minute cheap tickets to something on Broadway that night.

Last night, I went to see Spamalot. I am a devoted Monty Python fan and I was willing to cough up the $$ in advance for that one. I find it’s the kind of humor you either get and love or you think it is the most ridiculous drivel you’ve ever heard. DB leaves the room every time I pop the Holy Grail into the DVD player. He does that with most things I watch, but just a few minutes of banter about sparrows and coconuts and he’s gone. (I’m chuckling to myself just thinking about it – “It’s not a question of how he grips it! It’s a question of weight ratio. A 2 ounce sparrow cannot lift a one pound coconut!” I’ll stop now.) So, when the opportunity arose to go to NYC with a like-minded friend – Shubert Theater here I come.

I guess to play off Kimberly’s earlier posts, this is one of the things I enjoy that would be considered a guilty pleasure of mine. My sense of humor, even as a child, was completely different from everyone around me. Sarcasm from a five year old is unexpected at best, disturbing at the very least – but it has always been a part of me. When I discovered Monty Python and Rocky Horror Picture Show in high school…I knew I had found my people, so to speak, and yes - some of them were cross-dressers.

Movies are not the only place I find great humor. I also find myself chuckling now and then while reading. I’m not much for physical or jokey comedy, but a lot of the books I read have the sophisticated humor I enjoy. I wonder sometimes if I am laughing at the point the author intended me to laugh or even if the author knows what they said is amusing. People laugh at me all the time (no comments from the playfriends) when I say things and I really don’t intend for it to be funny. I guess I just have a twisted point of view that some people – like Monty Python – enjoy and others find very strange. Hopefully, my future editors and readers will GET it.

Ok – so since we’ve established what kind of strange stuff I like - what kind of humor do you enjoy? What was the last book that made you laugh? What did you enjoy about that scene?

Now, it's time for me to get back to my trip. RUN AWAY!! (sorry, I said I'd stop)


Playground Monitor said...

Since I'm not a Monty Python fan I'm afraid I don't "get" some of your jokes but as long as you do and enjoy your Broadway weekend, that's what counts.

Hope you're having a wonderful time. Take plenty of photos and we'll see you when you get back. We'll also bug you with that question all children ask a returning family member: "Did you bring me something???" *g*


Rhonda said...

I'm so envious! Hope you have a great time. I love NYC. :-)

As for humor, I'm not particularly picky. Most anything can make me laugh--wry, slapstick, physical humor. So long as it's not mean-spirited, I'm good. :-)

Maven Linda Winstead Jones said...

I'm insanely jealous, SP. Love Broadway, love Monty Python.

It's only a flesh wound. :-)

A couple of years ago there was a commercial for -- something. Butter, I think. Some kind of food. A line of monks were walking slowly down a path, a tray of whatever in their hands. They were chanting. The commercial always made me laugh, because I was waiting for them to lift up those trays and bash themselves in the forehead in time to the chant -- something that is only funny if you've watched Holy Grail one time too many.


Anonymous said...

Julie Garwood's historicals always make me chuckle. I love reading and rereading her books. Went through them just as quickly as I could buy them.

Jane Austen's characters are full of wit and sass. I love the fact that she could make fun of serious situations and that her characters always seem to take you by surprise.

Elizabeth Lowell also puts humor in her books.

Monte Python! Watched it over and over again as a kid and have some of their movies on DVD. I love it when the knight is proclaiming he can take on the others with one leg...two arm...his head...LOL.

Have a great adventure, SP! I'm envious.

Instigator said...

I LOVE Monty Python. I'm so jealous of you, SP. I'm dying to see Spamalot and I just know by the time I make it to NYC again it won't be there anymore.

For me, the best humorous author is Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I adore everything she's ever written.

Instigator - who's furiously packing for her own spring break escape.

Maureen said...

Several of Linda Howard's books have had me laughing, particularly OPEN SEASON.

Sabrah said...

I love Monty Python, am laughing as I think of the Killer Rabbits. And, while I don't usually like slapstick, I make an exception for all the Monty Python films. For the most part, I love British humor. My favorite Britcom of all times is The Vicar of Dibley. I think I must have watched each episode at least a dozen times. (My dear brother gave me the DVD for Christmas a couple of years ago.) Anyone interested in watching it, I'll be happy to share it with you. Smarty, hope you're having a great time in NYC. Can't wait to hear about Spamalot.