For one week only, the musical comedy Spamalot comes to the Warner Theatre much to the delight of DC audiences. With a cult following from here to Peru, the Monty Python monicker brings with it its own high-set standard—for a musical “lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” there are high expectations.

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Friday 04/21
Paul Rodriguez LIVE from Original Latin Kings of Comedy @ Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse
$25 / $25
Longtime comedian Paul Rodriguez has been making audiences laugh all over the world (in Spanish and English) for nearly three decades with his unique brand of humor that is a perfect blend of his Latin heritage, the American dream and his undeniable universal appeal. As an actor and comedian, Paul Rodriguez’s multi-faceted career includes starring roles and featured appearances in over 45 films and countless television series and comedy specials. Voted one of the most influential Hispanics in America and awarded the Ruben Salazar Award by The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, Rodriguez has remained a constant force in his community and the world of comedy throughout his career. Rodriguez's film credits include "Without Men" with Eva Longoria and Christian Slater; "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore;" "The Deported," "I’m Not Like That No More"with comedian Felipe Esparza (2010 "Last Comic Standing" winner), Disney’s blockbuster hit "Beverly Hills Chihuahua," "The World’s Fastest Indian," "A Cinderella Story," "How to Get the Man's Foot Outta Your Ass," "Ali," "Tortilla Soup," "Crocodile Dundee in LA," "Rat Race," "Bloodwork," "Chasing Papi"and "D.C. Cab," among others. The multifaceted entertainer recently wrote and performed his first-ever one-man show "Just for the Record," which is now available on DVD. In this tell-all theatrical piece, Rodriguez takes audiences on a journey through his remarkable life, including his childhood in Mexico, to his family's move to Compton, California (where he grew up), his illustrious career and the significant relationships and moments that helped shape his life along the way. Rodriguez has hosted several hit series, including the entertainment talk show "El Show de Paul Rodriguez," an entertainment talk show for Univision which reached over 50 markets throughout the United States and an international audience in over 17 countries in Central and South America. His additional hosting credits include the The NCLR ALMA Awards, The Tejano Music Awards, Showtime’s Latino Laugh Festival and his own television specials "Back to School" and "Behind Bars." He recently hosted "Mis Videos Locos with Paul Rodriguez” on Tr3s: MTV, Música y Más. As an accomplished writer, director and producer for television, motion pictures and feature shows, Rodriguez has several hit projects to his credit including the comedy concert film "The Original Latin Kings of Comedy," which he executive produced and starred in along with Cheech Marin, George Lopez and Carlos Mencia; the feature film "A Million to Juan,"which he also wrote, directed and starred in; six comedy specials for HBO including "Loco Slam, " "Live in San Quentin" and "Idiots and Armadillos." As executive producer, he recently struck comedy again with his Comedy Central stand-up concert DVD, “Comedy Rehab.” In addition to his many hit comedy specials in English, Rodriguez has the distinguished credit of performing the first-ever one-hour standup comedy special in Spanish, "Dime Con Quien Andas,"for Telemundo. Among his many credits, Rodriguez has also made guest appearances on several Late Night shows including "The Wanda Sykes Show,""The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Last Call with Carson Daly,"and "Politically Incorrect." Additionally, he has guest starred in several television series including "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," "Shaken Not Stirred," DIRECTV’s"S upreme Court of Comedy,"Showtime's original series "Resurrection Boulevard"and"American Family." He has also lent his voice to popular animated series including "King of the Hill,""Dora the Explorer" and "The Proud Family." Rodriguez’s first big break came while doing comedy warm-ups for Norman Lear's show "Gloria."Lear ultimately wrote and developed a weekly series for Rodriguez entitled "a.k.a. Pablo," which is enshrined at the Smithsonian and holds the distinct honor for being the first television show about a Mexican American family on mainstream American television.
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What we are presented with is a farce of the Arthurian tale of the Knights of the Roundtable, but with a bit more singing, and less actual fighting… oh, and a lot of Spam (get it… Spam-a-lot). Creator and original troupe member Eric Idle has created a musical comedy that has earned him a number of TONY awards and accolades. Just as its namesake took audiences for a whirl with its comedy, this musical makes sure everyone is in on the joke from start to finish.

The musical numbers drift back and forth between traditional Broadway and self-referential humor; namely “The Song That Goes Like This” and “Diva’s Lament.” While there were a couple of flat characters in terms of comedic timing, cast standouts included familiar faces to the DC theatre scene, Arthur Rowan (King Arthur) and Adam Grabau (Sir Lancelot, French Taunter, King Ni), Brittany Woodrow (Lady of the Lake), Michael J Berry (Patsy), and James David Larson (Not Dead Fred, Prince Herbert). As a collective, King Arthur’s Knights with the ensemble are hilarious; the amount of silliness that permeates the stage is off the charts.

Woodrow quite literally steals the show with her performance, providing the right level of sass that makes her lovable. With King Arthur and his Knights directing the plot on their quest, beautiful women (and men) dancing in costumes, and an intermission, it becomes quite easy to forget our Lady of the Lake. However, she injects herself right back into our psyches with great comedic timing and a voice that runs… and runs… and runs.

Fans of the film will be overjoyed to see favorites like the French Taunter and King Ni; both of whom happen to be played by Grabau. He maintains such great ease with his humor, and seems to fully commit—who could resist laughing out loud to his directed farts, and obscene gestures. His scenes with Larson’s Prince Herbert highlight both actors’ talents wonderfully. Larson’s enthusiasm in character both as the Prince and Not Dead Fred made for the more lively musical numbers.

For more information on tickets as well as other dates, check out the show page.

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