Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0635.  Friday, 30 August 1996.

From:           Sydney Kasten <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 30 Aug 1996 08:21:26 +0200 (IST)
Subject:        Parodies

The Wayne and Shuster Years, a commercial video released in 1996 by Astral
Video in Canada under CBC's copywrite contains a remake of "Kiss the Blood off
My Toga", in which Julius Caesar's murder is treated as a whodunnit. It has the
detective walking into a bar and ordering a martinus (If he had wanted two he
would have asked in the plural), and Calpurnia wailing "I told him:'Julie,
don't go!'"

The videocasette also  has "Shakesperian Baseball", done in meter with an all
male cast and immortal lines such as "so fair a foul I have not seen!"
Shakesperian's from cricket playing regions might need a commentary for
technical terms, but human universals might come through even for the

The recent postings on parodies has brought out of the depths of my memory a
'Li'l Abner' series from several decades ago.  'Li'l Abner', for those too
young to remember, was a syndicated comic strip drawn by the cartoonist and
social critic Al Capp.  The title character was the scion of a hillbilly family
called the Yokums.  Daisy Mae, daughter of the Scragg family, was in love with
Li'l Abner, in spite of the fact that the Yokums and the Scraggs were in a
state of feud. I think it was in a dream sequence that the constellation was
transplanted to renaissance Italy and a drama was woven around the relationship
between Romeo Yokumgo and Juliet Scragglet.  This may have seen print before
1950. The serious PhD student doing a thesis on parodies should be able to find
out who syndicated the strip and would have an enjoyable time reading through
the episodes till he found this one.  I read it in the Toronto Star.  I believe
Al Capp has been the subject of a biography.

Sincerely yours,
Sydney Kasten

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