In 2014-2015, the Reduced Shakespeare Company will be performing The Complete History of Comedy (abridged)
and The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)
. THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF COMEDY (abridged)
The Reduced Shakespeare Company have abbreviated man’s most profound accomplishments in its astonishing body of theatrical work, including the works of the Bard, the word of God, and the history of these great United States. And now comes the most serious subject of them all: Comedy. In this brand new production, the “Bad Boys of Abridgement” will deconstruct the funny and find out what makes people laugh, asking the following questions…
- • Are there really only five jokes?
- • Who is funnier: Sigmund Freud or Adam Sandler?
- • If everyone can do comedy, why can’t anyone who can apply a band-aid perform brain surgery?
- • Which is the least funny nationality? Which is the most funny? Why did the former try to exterminate the latter?
“Is there anything these men can’t reduce?...Intellectual rigor leavened by silliness of the first degree.” Variety
“Stellar shtick. Highly skilled sketch comedy artists.” Chicago Tribune
Premieres November 2013 at the Cincinnati Playhouse. THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS SHOW (abridged)
The fruitcakes of the RSC take you on an irreverent yet heartwarming trip through the holidays with festive funny physical family fun as these Three Wise Guys send-up and celebrate your favorite winter holiday traditions. Let the RSC rekindle the joy, inner-child and familial dysfunction inside us all! SING!
The Ultimate Reduced Christmas Carol! CELEBRATE!
Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Saturnalia! CRINGE!
At the origin of the term “Nutcracker!” GASP!
At the shocking history of our best-loved Christmas traditions! MEMORIZE!
New lyrics to “The 12 Days of Christmas” with iPads, not Lords A Leaping! LEARN!
The incredible true story of how Santa saved Christmas!
“…a joy to behold and most definitely brought glad tidings to this packed house. It is a long time since I have seen an audience laugh as loud and as long as this.” LGBT Weekly
“The five-minute sketch nearly brought the house down and RSC took their bows shortly thereafter to thunderous, standing applause. This titillating take on holiday tradition was a great respite from seasonal stressors and a reminder that this traveling trio’s not one to miss” Arts a la Mode (Charlotte, NC)
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