Plays All Shakespeare Comedies, Ranked  

Buster McDermott
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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.
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1
342 100
Twelfth Night, or What You Wil... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list All Shakespeare Comedies, Ranked
Viola, Feste, Duke Orsino

2
433 146
A Midsummer Night's Dream is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list All Shakespeare Comedies, Ranked
Titania, Puck, Oberon

3
385 129
Much Ado About Nothing is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list All Shakespeare Comedies, Ranked
Don John, Dogberry, Claudio

4
229 88
As You Like It is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list All Shakespeare Comedies, Ranked
Duke Frederick, Orlando, Rosalind

5
211 83
The Tempest is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list All Shakespeare Comedies, Ranked
Prospero, Miranda, Ferdinand

6
182 82
The Merchant of Venice is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list All Shakespeare Comedies, Ranked
Shylock, Portia, Antonio

7
158 73
The Comedy of Errors is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list All Shakespeare Comedies, Ranked
Antipholus of Ephesus, Dromio of Syracuse, Luce

8
188 99
The Taming of the Shrew is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list All Shakespeare Comedies, Ranked
Petruchio, Kate, Tranio

9
98 60
Love's Labour's Lost is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list All Shakespeare Comedies, Ranked
The Princess, Costard, Rosaline

10
96 62
The Merry Wives of Windsor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list All Shakespeare Comedies, Ranked
Falstaff, Mistress Ford, Mistress Page

11
94 64
The Winter's Tale is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list All Shakespeare Comedies, Ranked
Perdita, Leontes, Florizel

12
79 52
All's Well That Ends Well is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list All Shakespeare Comedies, Ranked
Lavatch, Lafew, Helena

13
80 53
Measure for Measure is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list All Shakespeare Comedies, Ranked
Isabella, Vincentio, Mariana

14
60 69
The Two Gentlemen of Verona is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list All Shakespeare Comedies, Ranked
Duke of Milan, Lucetta, Antonio

15
40 62
Pericles, Prince of Tyre is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list All Shakespeare Comedies, Ranked

16
26 60
The Two Noble Kinsmen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list All Shakespeare Comedies, Ranked
Theseus, Palamon, Arcite