All Shakespeare Comedies, Ranked Musicals / Plays
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All Shakespeare Comedies, Ranked

This list includes all Shakespeare comedies, ranked in order of popularity. William Shakespeare's comedic plays are among the most famous of all time. Are the Shakespearean comedies better than the Shakespeare tragedies? Fans will, and have, argued this forever. The fact is, if you love great comedy with a lot of wit and some genuine laugh out loud moments, you'll probably love most, if not all, of these great Shakespeare plays. Vote for your favorites and vote down any you didn't find all that funny.

One point should definitely be made: Some of the Shakespeare comedies are so-called "problem plays." What, pray tell, is a problem play? It's one that is difficult to categorize as a comedy *or* a tragedy, because it contains elements of both. The three main Shakespeare problem plays that are comedies are All's Well That Ends Well, The Merchant of Venice, and Measure for Measure. Each of these plays could certainly be considered comedic, but all of them also contain much darker elements and undertones.

The Shakespeare comedies listed here include some of the most memorable, hilarious characters that the famed playwright ever created. Who can deny that Sir Toby Belch from Twelfth Night isn't perfectly, ridiculously hilarious, for example? And Sir John Falstaff, who appears in the notable Shakespeare comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor, is certainly witty. One of the great things about Shakespeare, in addition to his memorable works, was that he actually created all kinds of words! Wasn't he cool?!

From the downright slapstick comedy of The Comedy of Errors to the witty Much Ado About Nothing and the all-out battle of the sexes in The Taming of the Shrew, this list represents all of William Shakespeare's comedies: The funniest, the most memorable and the plays with the happiest of endings. For more great Shakespeare-related information, and the top Shakespeare plays, check out these lists of the best William Shakespeare quotes, books and poems.

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    Don John, Dogberry, Claudio

  2. 2
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    Viola, Feste, Duke Orsino

  3. 3
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    Titania, Puck, Oberon

  4. 4
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    Duke Frederick, Orlando, Rosalind

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    Antipholus of Ephesus, Dromio of Syracuse, Luce

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    Prospero, Miranda, Ferdinand

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    Petruchio, Kate, Tranio

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    Shylock, Portia, Antonio

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    The Princess, Costard, Rosaline

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    Falstaff, Mistress Ford, Mistress Page

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    Lavatch, Lafew, Helena

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    Isabella, Vincentio, Mariana

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    Perdita, Leontes, Florizel

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    Duke of Milan, Lucetta, Antonio

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    Theseus, Palamon, Arcite

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