Rik Mayall, willies, and x-rated ancient comedy

Dr James Robson (Classical Studies) wrote in the London Evening Standard on 17 June that he “was surprised last week to see that an X-rated warning had been slapped on the downloads in my Birth of Comedy course, now near the top of the iTunesU charts. Can ancient comedy really still be so shocking?”

“There are so many connections to make between ancient Greek comedy — first staged in Athens almost exactly 2,500 years ago — and the kind of irreverent characters created by [Rik] Mayall. They are physical, over the top, quickfire and so often just plain silly. They are also wonderfully smutty.”

Read the full piece at http://www.standard.co.uk/comment/comment/james-robson-classical-comedy-was-just-as-risqu-as-rik-mayall-9542884.html?origin=internalSearch

Advertisements

About ouartsfaculty

The Arts Faculty of The Open University is a world leader in supported Open Learning, and one of the best institutions in the world for arts and humanities. You can follow us on Twitter @OUArtsFaculty and on Facebook.
This entry was posted in In the News, Research and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s