Shakespearean Comedy: Why is it STILL Funny?

Last week, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Taylor Lewis; a returning GVSF actor who has repeatedly brought our audiences to side-splitting laughter in his performances with us over the past few years. You might remember him in roles such as Peter Quince in our 2015 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, or Stephano in last year’s rendition of The Tempest.

Not only is Taylor a fantastic performer; he’s also a bona fide Shakespeare enthusiast. So, I thought I’d ask him about his thoughts on comedy and Shakespeare. This is one of the first things he had to say:

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“Shakespearean comedy is a lot dirtier than modern comedy. Our image of Shakespeare as being quite refined or hoity-toity is really quite misleading. Shakespeare was sponsored by rich people… but he was primarily writing for an audience of poor people living in their own filth!”

Our conversation only got better from there! Check out the video below to learn a little more about 400 year old comedy, and how actors in 2019 are able to do it justice.

You can catch Taylor in both Julius Caesar and Two Gentlemen of Verona this year! In fact, Taylor is the lucky actor who gets to share the stage most often with our newest cast member, Steve the Dog, in Two Gents. So, if you’re in the mood for some 400 year old comedy AND an adorable pup on stage at the same time, you won’t want to miss this one!