Great Books Humor

Selected Great Books Humor Videos

A Small Rewrite
5:50
Rowan Atkinson & Hugh Laurie
Shakespeare and his editor put the finishing touches on Hamlet.
The Death of Socrates
3:59
Steve Martin
“It was always: ‘Socrates, what is truth? Socrates, what is the nature of the good? Socrates, what should I order?’”
The Philosophers’ Football Match
3:47
Monty Python
The heavyweights of Germany and Greece battle for domination at the 1972 Olympics.
Marcus Aurelius Does Stand Up
0:51
Michael Connell
"Hey, you know what annoys me? ... Nothing!"
The Shakesperian Baseball Game
7:50
Wayne & Shuster
A slightly abridged version of a classic sketch.
Rinse the Blood Off My Toga
7:56
Wayne & Shuster
Flavius Maximus, private Roman eye, investigates the “Julius Caesar Caper.”
Brush Up Your Shakespeare
4:59
Cole Porter
From Act II of Kiss Me, Kate.
Who Doth Inhabit the Primary ...
8:57
David Foubert & Jay Leibowitz
An adaptation of the classic routine made popular by Abbott and Costello.
Men on Books
4:12
Damon Wayans & David Alan Grier
A skit from In Living Color that “looks at great literature from the past and present ... from a male point of view.”
Origin of Love
5:09
Stephen Trask
Adaptation of the myth told in Plato’s Symposium from the movie Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

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