Humorously Mess With Shakespeare And I’ll Probably Watch

I have come to the conclusion that if you put together something that humorously messes with Shakespeare, I will probably watch it. Just saying, in case you’re thinking of it.

This occurred to me after the show of Improvised Shakespeare my wife and I saw this weekend. We were treated to a play entitled The Haunted Castle which was, of course, completely made up on the spot based on the title obtained from the audience. It bore certain resemblances to Hamlet and Macbeth, but it was still hysterical. Then I remembered The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged, a humorous piece that purports to pack the entirety of Shakespeare into a single short show (the sonnets are supposedly condensed onto a single 3X5 card passed around the crowd, though I’ve never gotten to see the card in all the productions I’ve seen). I also remembered Drunk Shakespeare, which was probably actually my favorite so far, consisting of a crew who put on a Shakespeare play after forcing one of the actors to get drunk (drinking and other hilarity goes throughout, thinking of Lady Macbeth delivering her letter speech while hula hooping).

Pretty much, if you do something funny with Shakespeare…I will go watch it. Go ahead. Get started. I could use something else. Really, I could.

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About David S. Atkinson

David S. Atkinson enjoys typing about himself in the third person, although he does not generally enjoy speaking in such a fashion. However, he is concerned about the Kierkegaard quote "Once you label me you negate me." He worries that if he attempts to define himself he will, in fact, nullify his existence...
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6 Responses to Humorously Mess With Shakespeare And I’ll Probably Watch

  1. In a really early scene I wrote for an undergraduate workshop, I had a boy mock a vegetarian by doing the yorrick scene about a tomato (the only line I remember was something akin to “a fruit of infinite juice.”

  2. aubreyleaman says:

    Have you seen the Thug Notes videos? They’re pretty hilarious. There are at least a few on Hamlet, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet.

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