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

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