The Full Monty

Although it’s certainly achieved cult status, you have to wonder why more theaters don’t show late night screenings of Monty Python and the Holy Grail with regularity. Perhaps it’s that Grail doesn’t have an interactive, audience element, a la The Rocky Horror Picture Show. And why not? The Pythons’ 33-year-old flick is rife with opportunity to play along – shoot, we here at New Times could probably reenact the whole film line-for-line during our lunch break. So we say, screw the Time Warp! Screw Brad Majors! Screw Rocky Horror! (Note: In fear of being excised by goth-dorks faster than Dana Jacobson at a Catholic confessional, we apologize for those comments in advance.) Without further delay, here’s our audience participation list for Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

•Every time someone says “witch” you must yell “Burn her, burn her!”

•Prop alert: Bring ten whole Florida coconuts, each with a tiny swallow drawn on top with a Sharpie. For each squire that dies in the movie, you must throw one coconut at the screen.

•Costumes are encouraged. You may show up dressed as Sir Arthur, Robin, Galahad, Lancelot, or the Black Knight. You may not, however, show up dressed as a Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Film.

•Whenever the word “Ni” is uttered, you and your friends must exclaim, “A shrubbery!” The person who says shrubbery last is no longer a Knight of Ni, and is henceforth required to say “Ekki-ekki-ekki-ekki-p’tang, zoom-boing, z'nourrrwringmm.”

•More props: Four packets of fake blood, to be ejected onto the closest person for each limb severed from the Black Knight.

•Props, addendum: Wet naps, for the removal of fake blood.

•Finally, when the theater ushers come to eject you, you must grab your friends and yell in unison, “Run away!”

Monty Python and the Holy Grail screens Friday through Sunday at 9 p.m. at the Lake Worth Playhouse (713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth). Tickets cost $8. Call 561-586-6410, or visit
Fri., Feb. 22, 9 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 23, 9 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 24, 9 p.m., 2008

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John Linn