Reduced Shakespeare Company in The Complete History of Comedy (abridged)
- Elliot Roberts
- 17 August 2014
This article is from 2014
A playful and clever retelling of the birth and subsequent life of comedy from the Reduced Shakespeare Company
The Reduced Shakespeare Company are famous for their irreverent wit and quick-fire comedic stagecraft. To see them turn their efforts to a history of their own profession presents a treat in unexpected ways. Alongside countdown lists of history’s least funny people (hello, Adam Sandler) the company take the opportunity to give homage to their comedic influences.
From a superbly skilful remake of Abbot and Costello’s ‘Who’s on First?’ routine to a ukulele-plucked love letter to the comedic greats, the other RSC demonstrate both skills and passion aplenty. The performance has its share of less successful moments however; some jokes are lost and the energy of certain set pieces dips as they wear on. A sketch of a stand-up Abraham Lincoln falls particularly flat.
For the most part, there is an unmistakable joy in watching the company at work,
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