Monty Python's Flying ReelHouse
(Editor's Note: The following contains a considerable number of inside jokes and general nonsense.)
And now for something completely different.
No, it's not the man with three buttocks.
It's... the Monty Python Film Festival at Boone's ReelHouse Cinema & Draft, interrupting this weekend's regular programming to annoy you and make things generally irritating.
The ReelHouse ("It's only a model.") will screen two of the legendary British comedy troupe's hit films, starting with 1975's Monty Python and the Holy Grail on Friday, May 14, and followed by 1979's pleasantly controversial Life of Brian on Saturday, May 15.
"Dipping into classic '70s Python just seemed to work," said ReelHouse events coordinator Walt Reis, in a white wine sauce with shallots, mushrooms and garlic. "We've been getting positive feedback, comments and phone calls since we mentioned it, so, obviously, people are wanting to go see it."
And this despite the perilous peril.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail follows King Arthur (Graham Chapman), manservant Patsy (Terry Gilliam) and the Knights of the Round Table (John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, who eat ham and jam and Spam a lot) on an irreverent quest to find the legendary Holy Grail.
On their journey, the knights encounter soldiers with keen interests in birds, politically minded peasants, taunting Frenchmen, women with huge tracts of land, knights who say "Ni!" and a particularly ill-tempered rabbit with nasty, big, pointy teeth. And let's not forget Roger the Shrubber.
Life of Brian is the Pythons' bold satire on organized religion, chronicling the life of, well, Brian (Chapman), a lad unfortunate enough to be confused for the messiah since birth. In Roman-occupied Judea, this isn't necessarily a good thing.
"It's just absolute, sheer, roll-on-the-floor irreverence," Reis said. "There's no topic that can go untouched by the troupe, and they handle this in ungodly hilarious fashion. But it actually has a decent message to it."
It's a message that'll have audiences agreeing, "Blessed are the cheesemakers," even if they have to write it on the wall a hundred times before sunrise.
Reis is expecting a diverse audience, and dressing up in character is both encouraged and silly.
For Holy Grail, "I don't mind seeing chainmail walking through here," he said.
For Life of Brian, just don't don the Brian costume, or lack thereof, from the morning-after scene.
The ReelHouse is even amending its menu for the occasion, serving Spam and pineapple pizza (though no crunchy frogs) and similarly themed drink specials, as long as you're not a member of the Judean People's Front (splitters!).
For members of the People's Front of Judea (and the general public, Reis would suppose), showtimes for Monty Python and the Holy Grail are Friday at 10 p.m. and midnight. Life of Brian is showing Saturday at 10 p.m. and midnight.
And there was much rejoicing.
The following weekend (May 22-23, for those without calendars) will see the ReelHouse Rock, with screenings of Pink Floyd's The Wall and Led Zeppelin's The Song Remains the Same.
The ReelHouse Cinema & Draft is located at 215 Boone Heights Drive in Boone. For more information, call (828) 262-3222 or visit http://www.thereelhouseboone.com.