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    Shut Up, Spider-Man

    By kyle | March 17, 2011

    All of Broadway is talking….about how sick they are of talking about “Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark.” (More news tomorrow, maybe!) It turns out you can do a musical comedy on the Book of Mormon and, even if you’re the South Park guys, you get no attention. This may be the first time Trey and Matt have gone looking for controversy and failed to find it. I’m with you, guys! If it’s one-fifth as funny as “Team America” it’ll be the hit of the year.

    But those attempting to switch the subject have often found themselves ensnared by public fascination with “Spider-Man.”

    During an interview last week on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Messrs. Parker and Stone appeared less than enthused when Mr. Stewart raised the “Spider-Man” specter, asking whether they had considered “throwing people off of rafters on webs” in “The Book of Mormon.”

    “It’s been done,” Mr. Parker replied, somewhat curtly.

    Topics: Broadway | 2 Comments »

    2 Responses to “Shut Up, Spider-Man”

    1. Floyd R Turbo Says:
      March 17th, 2011 at 11:36 pm

      Falling from the rafters is always exciting. Entertainment elites making fun of religion is a bit passe. How will they top the Mormon episode of South Park? The Q’uran would be a funnier musical in any case… and stuff would definitely be falling from the rafters.

    2. Don Reed Says:
      December 26th, 2011 at 5:31 pm

      Someone actually expected Jon Stewart to come up with a legitimate witticism, instead of his usual gutter quips?