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The Funniest and Most Irreverent Mockumentary on Shakespeare


Lawrence Gerald

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8 hours ago, Light-of-Truth said:

The looks on Wells face when she says, "I don't understand why the Montagums and Caplets..."

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Am I the only one who is surprised that Sir Stanley and the Birthplace Trust were happy to play along with this triumph of dumbing down? What media tarts! 

First impression: very Phython-esque in its shocking, blasphemous trashing of history and culture, and on first take, very funny (and tremendously well researched and resourced in terms of archival material). Obviously, the aim is to elicit cheap laughs at the expense of great art. And yet, I can't shake this sense of guilt for having laughed at such stupidity. The more I think about this program (thank you, Lawrence) the more worried I become. I fear that beneath the superficial comedy there is an unfortunate fact: to the vast majority of people, the Shakespeare plays mean nothing in terms of their daily lives. Or, we could see it from a more positive perspective. "Cunk on Shakespeare" could be regarded as the "death of Shaxper". The only thing that can make "Shakespeare" more relevant to the average person is the public exposure of the authorship lie and the revealing of the true spirit and achievements of Sir Francis Bacon.

 

 

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14 minutes ago, Eric Roberts said:

I fear that beneath the superficial comedy there is an unfortunate fact: to the vast majority of people, the Shakespeare plays mean nothing in terms of their daily lives.

Do not fear that. Ever. Because that is the full-on reality that will never ever change. At least in America. Do not fear the night, it is what it is every night. We turn on the lights and get used to it.

Cunk may have created more interest in Shakespeare than she turned away.

What made me laugh so hard was that this is the same dialog I have with my family, friends, loved ones, everyone who is not a Baconian or has a clue about Shakespeare I have ever talked to about it. The crazy looks, the weird analogies, the ridiculous questions, she is my audience when I talk about Bacon writing Shakespeare.

Granted, I live with "common" folk. 😉

I did wonder how people in the UK would take her...she acts like a crude Yankee but speaks British.

"I'd rung the police..."

LOL

I so loved Monty Python growing up, memorized every album and we all would repeat some parts just hanging out as teenagers. 🙂

 

 

 

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Silliness is a Key to living a normal life. Or at least keeping me from being put in a straight-jacket.

My wife watches the Weather Channel for hours in her chair in and out of snoozing most days. A couple days ago they were talking about a "Sink hole in the ground..."

Theresa blurted out, "As opposed to a sink hole in the sky?"

We have laughed at that so many times in the past two days as the Weather Channel still says that! 🙂

 

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The look on Stanley Wells face when confronted with absurdity is priceless, and its full circle as he is a master of obfuscation while abusing his position as an "expert Shakespearean" by writing seemingly knowledgeable history that is overwhelmingly flawed and why the Authorship fires can't be put out by Wells and his ilk. And I agree Kate, there was pointless profanity in the mockumentary. She was a bit more rude than Sasha Cohen's delightful put on character Ali G.

Meanwhile I just found this quote in a book I'm reading about JFK : "Mary's Mosaic : The CIA conspiracy to murder JFK, Mary Pinchot Meyer and their Vision for World Peace." by Peter Janney, that   parallels the  Shakespeare Authorship issue (and  certainly some Shakespeare Tragedies too!) and how it persists with  gatekeepers of the Shakespeare Industrial Complex like Stanley Wells  :

 

"For the Greatest enemy of the truth is very often not the lie---deliberate, contrived and dishonest,--but the Myth--persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic."
JFK, Yale University, June 11, 1962
 
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