galavant cast abc From coconuts to crosses: The stars of 'Galavant' love their Monty Python

When the cast of “Galavant” first gathered together, creator Dan Fogelman told them that the goal for their series was “Monty Python mixed with ‘The Princess Bride.'” Though the series becomes its own special brand of crazy over its eight episodes — “It just grows and grows and grows and becomes something on its own,” Ben Presley, who plays the jester, tells Zap2it — the show’s influences remain obvious and honored.
“You’ll see some influences, I think, from Monty Python and ‘The Holy Grail’ in ‘Galavant,’ and I think that’s what’s going to appeal to not only the big kids but also the little kids too,” Karen David, who plays Princess Isabella (far right in above image), explains.
A lot of the actors involved in the series credit the Monty Python troupe as one of their biggest inspirations. Here they reflect to Zap2it on their favorite of the Pythons’ moments.
Joshua Sasse, Galavant (front center)

“There’s a sketch in ‘Life of Brian’ about some juniper bushes, which I absolutely love. For me, it’s all about timing. It’s all about that moment after something happens, that sort of disbelief, that incredulous moment someone has before they start speaking and that little glint in their eyes. That is the moment I’m really after when we’re doing any kind of comedy. It’s the moment just before the explosion comes out or the explanation or the gag. It’s that little magic silence that I always after, and that’s what Monty Python had in abundance. It was the expression without speech that really made me guffaw before the gag came out.”

Timothy Omundson, King Richard (back center)

“‘Meaning of Life,’ I still quote that movie all the time. But there’s actually a bit — it’s not a Python bit, but it’s a John Cleese bit — that I do in the show. … There’s a John Cleese bit from ‘Time Bandits’ where he plays Robin Hood that just always tickled me from the first time I saw it. It’s kind of a throwaway, but I found the opportunity to do in the show. Nobody’s going to get it but I know it’s there and it just makes me laugh.

“[The homage in episode 4 is to] ‘Thank you.’ When Richard runs up on stage — and it’s not scripted — but I basically did John Cleese where he’s Robin Hood and the people are bringing the money to him. He says ‘thank you,’ but he says, ‘Thank you very very very very very very very very very much.’ Again, it’s a silly little line but it always made me laugh. And like, when am I ever going to be able to find a time where I can do this on camera? And I ran up on stage and I was like, ‘Oh, this is it.’ And that’s why I go, ‘Thank you very very very very very much.’ I maybe didn’t do as many verys because I didn’t want to get busted for it, but there are certainly enough in there to make it a little left of center. It’s just kind of an inside joke to me, and now to you.”

Mallory Jansen, Magdalena (second from left)

“It’s either one of two: It’s the coconuts — no horses, just coconuts. Or the Knights who say Ni. ‘Ni, ni, ni!’ … I think that Tim has a lot of Monty Python moments. He actually reminds me a lot of John Cleese in his mannerisms and how he holds himself and his campiness.”

Luke Youngblood, Sid (far left)

“‘Holy Grail.’ There’s one moment, and I don’t know why. It’s so obscure. There’s this character and he has this really gravelly horrible voice. He clears his throat or something, and then he talks normally, and that gets me every time. I don’t know why, it just does. There’s those throwback moments in this where those little comedic things will happen. There’s just little jokes that are so out of left field that come into play. It’s just so funny. I don’t even know a better way to put it. It’s hard for us to get through a day because we’ve just been laughing so much.”

Vinnie Jones, Gareth (second from right)

“I love it at the end with ‘Always Look On the Bright Side of Life’ when they’re on the crosses. And there’s some of that [in ‘Galavant’]. There’s one with Galavant, Isabelle and Sid, they start singing this song to each other. It’s great stuff. It’s healthy, it’s clean, it’s fun and it’s a piss take on musicals and fairy tales.”

Posted by:Terri Schwartz