When I was in middle school and told my friend I was going to read the King Arthur saga, he told me I should just watch Monty Python’s Quest for the Holy Grail instead because it was the same thing. He was totally wrong, but I’m ok with that because the misguided advice gave me the chance to sit down with my family and see one of the most hilarious movies and show tunes of my life.
Although the film is definitely a classic comedy and completely littered with laughs, the first thing that comes to mind whenever I think of it is the Knights of the Round Table / Camelot song. Each time I see the movie, the song gets stuck in my head for a few days. The upbeat tune is incredibly catchy and shows a side of the famous and mythologized knights of the Round Table that definitely did not make it into most of the written King Arthur tales.
In the song, the knights of Camelot readily admit that in “War we’re tough and able, quite indefatigable” but when they are not battling it out with swords, they like the simpler pleasures in life, like impersonating Clark Gable, singing opera, and eating ham and jam and spam a lot. The song demonstrates that these warriors know how to wield a weapon, but they also know how to unwind and have a great time doing dance routines. Even though it only lasts a minute, it had my entire family laughing for much longer than that. If you watch the video, you’ll see that even the prisoner hanging from a stone wall in shackles can’t help but get in on the action.
Anyone who enjoys slapstick comedy, jolly tunes, and watching men in full suits of body armor dance on banquet tables will have a great time watching the Knights of the Round Table song. If you want to see it live, look up if Spam A Lot is running in a theater near you, it’s another Monty Python fun filled feature based off of the same movie and song.