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.
- A Midsummer Night's Dream is a comedy play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been... more
- 333106Much Ado About Nothing is a play by William Shakespeare.... more
- Twelfth Night; or, What You Will is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been... more
- 20973As You Like It is a play by William Shakespeare.... more
- The Merchant of Venice is a play by William Shakespeare in which a merchant in 16th century... more
- 17476The Tempest is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1610–11, and... more
- 14158The Comedy of Errors is one of William Shakespeare's early plays. It is his shortest and one... more
- The Taming of the Shrew is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written... more
- Love's Labour's Lost is one of William Shakespeare's early comedies, believed to have been... more
- The Merry Wives of Windsor is a comedy by William Shakespeare, first published in 1602, though... more
- All's Well That Ends Well is a play by William Shakespeare, published in the First Folio in... more
- Measure for Measure is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1603 or... more
- The Two Gentlemen of Verona is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written... more
- The Winter's Tale is a play by William Shakespeare.... more
- Pericles, Prince of Tyre is a Jacobean play written at least in part by William Shakespeare... more
- The Two Noble Kinsmen is a Jacobean tragicomedy, first published in 1634 and attributed to... more