Theater All Shakespeare Comedies, Ranked  

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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 listed (or ranked) 1 on the list All Shakespeare Comedies, Ranked
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A Midsummer Night's Dream is a comedy play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1590 and 1596. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and Hippolyta. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors, who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. The play is one of Shakespeare's most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world. ...more on Wikipedia

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Twelfth Night, or What You Wil... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list All Shakespeare Comedies, Ranked
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Twelfth Night; or, What You Will is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written around 1601–02 as a Twelfth Night's entertainment for the close of the Christmas season. The play centres on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. Viola falls in love with Duke Orsino, who in turn is in love with the Countess Olivia. Upon meeting Viola, Countess Olivia falls in love with her thinking she is a man. The play expanded on the musical interludes and riotous disorder expected of the occasion, with plot elements drawn from the short story "Of Apollonius and Silla" by Barnabe Rich, based on a story by Matteo Bandello. The first recorded performance was on 2 ...more on Wikipedia

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Much Ado About Nothing is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list All Shakespeare Comedies, Ranked
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Much Ado About Nothing is a play by William Shakespeare. ...more on Wikipedia

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As You Like It is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list All Shakespeare Comedies, Ranked
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As You Like It is a play by William Shakespeare. ...more on Wikipedia

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