Comedy sketches

Shakespeare Shakedown

Date: 2007
Posted by: justjill
Cast: Not given
Credits: Produced by Patrik Fleming and Jill Blum
Duration: 6.63

An enjoyable skit from a Shakespeare class at the University of Baltimore, in which Gladys and Lorraine gossip about Ophelia and Gertude, the Macbeths’ marital disharmony and the three witches’ skin care problems, and King Lear, interspersed with advertisements for the King Lear Guide to Retirement Planning and Rid-a-Kin, the ideal poison for troublesome relatives. Some audio problems along the way, but bitchy fun.

YouTube page
Internet Archive page

Shakespeare Writes a New Play

Date: 2008
Posted by: meetwillshakespeare
Credits: Conceived and produced by Connor Ratliff and Jeff Falzone
Cast: Connor Ratliff (William Shakespeare)
Duration: 6.21

BardBox has already Chris Rozzi and Billy Harper as comedians who post videos in the guise of William Shakespeare. Now we have Connor Ratliff exhibiting similar intimations of grandeur. Ratliff produces the Meet William Shakespeare channel, in which he plays a William Shakespeare facing up to the modern world, while being smugly proud of his reputation. Here we are privileged to witness Shakespeare writing a new play. Act One sounds like the Bard has resorted to soap opera, but Act Four promises to be quite exciting. Then we get the off-screen interviewer asking Shakespeare if this change in his style isn’t going to upset his traditional fan base, to which Shakespeare sturdily replies that “Shakespeare is like a shark – he has to keep moving forward”. Those old plays, they took forever to write – now he produces seven a day. My hat is off to thou.

Links: YouTube page
Meet William Shakespeare channel
Connor Ratliff’s As They Go site

Mercutio’s Queen Mab Speech RE-DUBBED

Date: 2008
Posted by: cebergman324
Credits: Created by cebergman324
Cast: prongs2u/Eric Idle (Mercutio/Mr Smoke-Too-Much), Michael Palin (Mr Bounder of Adventure)
Duration: 3.11

A stage production of Romeo and Juliet in which Mercutio’s ‘Queen Mab’ speech (Act 1 Scene 4) is cheekily replaced on the soundtrack by Eric Idle’s obnoxious tourist in the ‘Travel agent/Watney’s Red Barrel’ sketch from Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl, a sketch originally performed on the television series Monty Python’s Flying Circus (episode 31, tx. 16 November 1972).

YouTube page

Shakespeare on Fantasy Football

Date: 2006
Posted by: crozzi
Credits: Created by Chris Rozzi
Cast: Chris Rozzi (William Shakespeare)
Duration: 2.08

Were William Shakespeare alive today, would he be blogging? Of course he would, and he’d probably become so engrossed by its spurious attractions that he’d never get round to writing any plays. Whether his blog, or vlog, would be like this one, who can say? I like to think that it might have been. American comedian Chris Rozzi portrays Shakespeare as posting his ‘semi-daily’ thoughts on modern living. Here, Shakespeare is baffled by the modern absurdity that is fantasy football. Elsewhere, Shakespeare tells us about the worst job he ever had (dancer in a jail cafeteria), on the need to teach children to fight (because when adults they’ll just want to hug), on professional wrestling (not Olympic wrestling, that’s just embarassing), his new diet plan (you’d only be able to eat in the shower) and agonising on why no one watches his vlogs. And there are several more. Gentle, silly humour with astute timing.

YouTube page
Chris Rozzi’s Outre Island website