The Arts and How They Was Done

The Arts and How They Was Done

Another sketch about Michelangelo and his art.  I wanted to enjoy this.  It started out good with its amusing use of Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor as a musical intro.  The opening dialogue felt very Abbot and Costello meets The Muppet Show in that it parodies the theater.  Then it went downhill.  I barely laughed.  I think it started when they named the Venus de Milo as a Renaissance era work (Did I hear that right?).  Now I know they probably intended this as funny (no laughter from the audience), but since they establish the speaker as the straight person, this bit falls apart.  They do correctly proclaim that Michelangelo did not want to paint the Sistine Chapel due to his preference for sculpture.  I think the sketch just felt very tired and clichéd.  Especially when they made  fun of the way people remember Rome via stereotypes and media representation.  Not to mention the constant claims that foreshadow how the Sistine Chapel will immortalize Michelangelo.  Haven’t heard that before.

Performed by Desmond Oliver Dingle (ETA: By Patrick Barlow) and the National Theatre of Brent, the main plot of the sketch revolves around the Pope wanting Michelangelo to paint the Sistine Chapel.  Depicts the Pope as gruff , debauched, and constantly mispronouncing words (a sometimes funny moment) and Michelangelo as this sensitive intellectual artist who feels unrequited love for worker and accidental muse Lorenzo.   The whole thing, especially with the gay humor  just felt tired and forced.  Not to mention that Desmond’s co-star Raymond’s voice grates after a while, especially during the “THE CEILING!” bit.  Maybe because the Monty Python Michelangelo sketch became the gold standard for me with its classic one liners and delivery, this left me hollow and disappointed.

See for yourself.

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