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Great Caesar’s Ghost

23 April 2009 One Comment

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.

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  • jazzfan360 said:

    YES YES YES YES YES!!!! That is one of my top three or five Cosby Show moments. Oh man. Brilliant. “Naw, baby”–“And turned the crown down.” Heh. My friend who says you’re her hero, she taught middle-school Shakespeare for a while and had somehow never seen that particular episode till I showed her a few years ago, and she flipped ALL the way out.

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