Great Books Humor

Selected Great Books Humor Videos

A Small Rewrite
Rowan Atkinson & Hugh Laurie
Shakespeare and his editor put the finishing touches on Hamlet.
The Death of Socrates
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
Monty Python
The heavyweights of Germany and Greece battle for domination at the 1972 Olympics.
Marcus Aurelius Does Stand Up
Michael Connell
"Hey, you know what annoys me? ... Nothing!"
The Shakesperian Baseball Game
Wayne & Shuster
A slightly abridged version of a classic sketch.
Rinse the Blood Off My Toga
Wayne & Shuster
Flavius Maximus, private Roman eye, investigates the “Julius Caesar Caper.”
Brush Up Your Shakespeare
Cole Porter
From Act II of Kiss Me, Kate.
Who Doth Inhabit the Primary ...
David Foubert & Jay Leibowitz
An adaptation of the classic routine made popular by Abbott and Costello.
Men on Books
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
Stephen Trask
Adaptation of the myth told in Plato’s Symposium from the movie Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

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