The Complete History of Comedy (abridged)

By Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor

Thompson Shelterhouse | Nov. 9 - Dec. 29, 2013

They've skewered history, the Bible and the world's most celebrated playwright. Now, the Reduced Shakespeare Company debuts its latest world premiere here in Cincinnati. This brand new show seeks to answer one of life's great mysteries: What makes people laugh? From cave men telling "Rock Rock" jokes to The Daily Show and everything in-between, the bad boys of abridgement leave no joke untold as they deconstruct the entire history of comedy.

"Is there anything these men can't reduce? ... Intellectual rigor leavened by silliness of the first degree." – Variety

Advisory: The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) is recommended for adult and teenage audiences. Please contact the Box Office if you have questions or require additional information.

Running Time: The show runs approximately 1 hour and 55 minutes, including one intermission.



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History of the RSC (abridged)

Prologue, October 2013

It’s Aug. 8, 1981, and five of the greatest Shakespearean actors in California are performing a 30-minute version of Hamlet.

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Prologue, October 2013

Brace yourselves, because the Reduced Shakespeare Company is pulling out all of the comedy weapons in its over-sized arsenal!

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Comedians on Comedy

Prologue, October 2013

Famous comedians share their thoughts on the art of comedy.

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Preview Performances

Nov. 9, 2013, at 8 p.m.; Nov. 10, 2013, at 7 p.m.; Nov. 12, 2013, at 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 13, 2013, at 7:30 p.m.

Be among the first to see the show before opening night and save! Preview performance tickets are discounted and begin at just $30. Not valid with other discounts.

Opening Night

Nov. 14, 2013, at 8 p.m.

Share the excitement of Thursday opening nights with a lively post-show cast party with complimentary hors d'oeuvres.

Meet the Artists

Nov. 17, 2013, at 2 p.m.; Nov. 24, 2013, at 2 p.m.; Nov. 27, 2013, at 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 5, 2013, at 8 p.m.

Join in stimulating discussions with cast and crew following the performances.

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