Great Caesar’s Ghost
How come nobody told me today was Shakespeare’s birthday? Just because he’d be an impossible 455 years old, I guess. I’ve studied some Shakespeare (mostly by force) but never fully embraced the common perception that his works are hard to understand. Almost every sitcom has an episode where a frazzled high school or college student struggles to interpret Shakespeare; it’s almost as common a plot device as a card/pool shark trying swindle a main character out of some money. I guess that’s what made Dr. Foster (Roscoe Lee Browne) so important to the 90’s Cosby franchise: he appears in both the ‘interpreting Shakespeare’ episode of A Different World and that of The Cosby Show talking all fancy and stuff. Since everyone isn’t as mesmerized by Roscoe Lee as I am, here’s the super-entertaining Julius Caesar rap performed by Theo and Cockroach, which had me using the phrase “chilly most,” for a few days back in 1986.