madladyred (madladyred) wrote,

Marxspeare! (If the Marx Brothers performed Shakespeare...)

Over on Facebook one of my best friends from high school and I spent a couple of evenings playing around with Shakespearean play titles as food puns. It started out from a grammatically questionable status update of hers and the fact I was watching a Southern Living recipe competition and just snowballed into absurdity. In honor of that evening, Shakespeare’s birthday, and her upcoming birthday, she created a contest where people were to come up with a theme and create their own Shakespearean spoofs top ten lists. The winner gets a Shakespeare action figure! Covet! So I did a list and for my theme selected the Marx Brothers. (In her contest rules she posted a picture of the Bard in Groucho glasses/mustache) and this was my submission:


10. Twelfth Night at the Opera
9. Love Happy Labors Lost
8. Richard III – My kingdom for a Horsefeather
7. A Night in Coriolanus
6. Groucho Ceaser
5. The Merry Wives of Wagstaff
4. The Honorable Charles H. Hamlet, care of Hamlet, Hamlet, Hamlet, and McBeth. You’ve left out a Hamlet! All right, leave it out and put it on a weathervane instead…
3. I’m a Midsummer Night’s Dreamer, Montreal?
2. Richard II Hard Boiled Eggs (honk honk) Make that Richard III Hard Boiled Eggs
1. Two Gentlemen of Fredonia

And two extras that are not based on play titles:

From Midsummer Night’s Dream…

There is a brief how many sports are ripe:
Make choice of which your highness will see first.
Giving a paper
[Reads] First selection will be "Somewhere My Love Lies Sleeping" with a male chorus

Gentles, do not reprehend:
if you pardon, we will mend:
And, as I am an honest Puck,
Why a Puck? Why a no Pyramus?
Tags: marx brothers, shakespeare, silly
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