"A Little Priest", where Sweeney and Mrs. Lovett engage in an extended series of wordplay and Incredibly Lame Puns regarding the various "flavors" to be obtained from different kinds of people. Morbid? Of course. Funny? Very much so.
"With or without his privates?" (Beat.) "With is extra."
Hearn's portrayal especially looks hilariously perplexed by his inability to find a rhyme for that one.
This little gem "But fortunately, it's also clear, that everybody goes down well with beer!"
"...Or, we have some shepherd's pie peppered with actual shepherd on top!"
"Then again there's sweep/If you want it cheap/And you like it dark!" could easily be a reference to chimney-sweeps covered in soot, but may be a case of Deliberate Values Dissonance combined with Genius Bonus when you consider that this takes place in mid-1800's England.note Note that slavery was abolished in Britain in 1833, only 13 years before the beginning of the play. And freed slaves tended to have trouble getting work, or get stuck in base, poor-paying jobs like sweeping.It certainly wouldn't go amiss in a song already littered with Double Entendre.
Mrs. Lovett: This is a bit stringy, but of course, it's our fiddle player. Sweeney: No, no, this isn't fiddle player — it's piccolo player. Mrs. Lovett: How can you tell? Sweeney: It's piping hot. Mrs. Lovett:[visibly fighting a grin] ...Then blow on it first. [They both cackle like hyenas.]
This number is so funny, most productions have it so Sweeney and Mrs. Lovett are utterly cracking up the whole time. Not even the nihilistic Serial Killer and his Yandere partner-in-crime are immune to corpsing.
During "God, That's Good!" Mrs. Lovett obviously loves the fact that Mrs. Mooney is losing all her money, and is gossiping about it.
You know Mrs.Mooney.
Sales have been so dreary
Poor thing is penniless.
Mrs. Mooney also turns up in "The Worst Pies in London," with Mrs. Lovett grousing about her rival's more prosperous business—noting that the missing neighborhood cats probably have something to do with it.
Mrs. Lovett: Wouldn't do in my shop,
Just the thought of it's enough to make you sick—
And I'm telling you, them pussycats is quick!"
This little bit right after Anthony and Johanna escape the asylum:
Will we be married on Sunday?
That's what you promised,
Married on Sunday...
That was last August...
Most of the lines in Kiss Me and its reprise. Especially:
Johanna singing nervously about how she hears something, it's a click! The Judge is back, and he's at the gate except she realizes, Wait, we don't have a gate.
''Sir I did love you/even as I saw you/even as it doesn't matter that I still don't know your name!"
During the Johanna reprise, a man comes in for a shave and sits down. Sweeney is about to begin his ...er... shall we say method, when a young lady comes in behind the man. The look on Sweeney's face is priceless.
In the Live in Concert version, Hearn glares into the audience, looking hilariously done with the whole thing, and then decides to shave the man normally, clearly thinking "Fine, just this once..."
The contest between Pirelli and Todd in the Hearn/Lansbury version. Pirelli is being all flair and pomp, not even aware of the man's pain as he shaves him. Meanwhile, Todd just mixes the lather, sharpenes the blade, ect. Pirelli's expressions and gestures are pretty funny, but the man he's shaving's expression at the line "Talent given to meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! By GOOOOOOOOOOD! |-" is priceless.
In the 2005 revival, right before "Ladies In Their Sensitivities," Judge Turpin says that if Johanna greets him more fondly upon his return from court, he may "give her a small gift." The Beadle can't suppress a small chuckle, before quickly turning serious when Turpin shoots him a look.
Emma Thompson in the 2014 Lincoln Center production gives Patti Lupone a run for her money as funniest Mrs. Lovett, capped off by her "By the Sea", when she twerks in Todd's general direction when she sings "unless we've got better to do-ooh".
In the live filming, Hearn grins rather gleefully when revealing to Mrs. Lovett that Pirelli is in the trunk. It comes of as more adorable than frightening or unhinged, which is strange given the circumstances.
"Pretty Women" is a tension-filled moment, but depending on production, it also plays up the joke that Sweeney likes to take up his sweet time murdering the Judge.
In some productions, if the trick knife doesn't go off on a customer during the murdering montage in the final reprise of "Joanna," Todd and the customer just exchange a look before Todd sends the poor bastard down the chute anyway, hoping he'll just die on the way down.
The 1982 version has Mrs. Lovett react with shock when she learns Todd murdered Pirelli... until Todd explains Pirelli tried to blackmail him.
Mrs. Lovett: Well, that's a different matter. What a relief, dear! For a moment I thought you'd lost your marbles.
And that moment just after Johanna, when he gets told to keep away from her and beaten with a cane. He comes out of the Judge's house with blood all over his face and what does he do? Start singing Johanna again. You'd never think of him as The Determinator, but after this scene, you'll probably change your mind.
Particularly amusing is how the Beadle calmly gives Anthony directions to where he was going all while literally throwing him out the door and beating him with the cane. The lines are delivered like the two just met on the street for a chat, and one wasn't committing violent assault on the other.
Signor Pirelli. That is all.
Special note goes to Pirelli's shaving competition against Sweeney. While Pirelli is callously hurting Toby while sharpening his razor, bragging about shaving kings and the Pope, and generally making a flamboyantly cocky show of a performance, Sweeney just quietly sharpens his razor, mixes his cream, and applies it to his client's face. Once he gets to the actual shaving, Sweeney completes it in all of five seconds off screen. Also doubles as an Awesome Moment for Sweeney.
After "Epiphany," Sweeney Todd is poised quite intensely on the floor, having finished his huge song number and fantasy music sequence. A perplexed Mrs. Lovett just stares at him with a deadpan expression before trying to get his attention as to what to do next... This is as close as the film Lampshades its status as a musical.
While at market, Sweeney goes for his knife when he sees Judge Turpin out of the corner of his eye. Mrs. Lovett quickly reminds him that this is not the place to commit a murder and he puts his blade away, looking sheepishly at the ground like a punished child.
During "The Worst Pies in London," Mrs. Lovett serves Sweeney a pie while assuring him in song that it's absolutely disgusting. Everything Sweeney does during and immediately after the song is absolutely hilarious; first, he takes a bite, and it's immediately clear that Mrs. Lovett was right. Todd quickly (but quietly) spits the pie back out, immediately takes a drink Mrs. Lovett offers him to get rid of the taste, gags in nauseation, and is then told that he'll need something stronger to remove the taste. All while maintaining his perfectly calm, gloomy, and stoic demeanor.
Adding to this is the fact that Mrs. Lovett is dealing with cockroaches crawling all over her workplace throughout the whole ordeal, showing that there is a very good reason the meat pies are so awful.