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Pee Jokes, the Italian Renaissance, Commedia Dell’Arte: Crash Course Theater #12


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  1. nakul sindhwani Author

    okay,i'm not going to write any shittty comment in here so
    surrender your likes right now or else………………………

    i think it's worth a shot (-;

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  2. David Durant Author

    In the Tivoli hotel in Copenhagen there's commedia dell arte clowns in every room in the building…. Also, the genre comes up in a couple of episodes of Studio 60 (by Aaron Sorkin who did The West Wing) so, as you say, still being used today :-).

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  3. Dinuial Author

    Back when the Renaissance Pleasure Faire still did "workshop in the woods" (this is a decade or two ago, I think even before REP/REC bought Faire) one of the actors from the comedia troupe would give the kids a brief rundown of the characters, cast them, and have them do a quick sketch. For Dottore she lined up the kids, had them strike an officious pose, and bade them recite "I am Il Dottore. I am from the university. I am full of knowledge. I am full of bologna."

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  4. Perplexion Dangerman Author

    That's why people become homeless,ย  this is what it looks to strive for.ย  Stargate /ย  Time Machineย  please…..UFO

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  5. Miguel Quinto Author

    Fart jokes are universal among humans. Even if you can't understand each other, if one you let's out a random fart in the appropriate context, you'll get a chuckle.

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  6. The Joker Author

    Someone peed in the snow at the Whitehouse. They wrote "Trump Sucks".
    President Trump had the secret service investigate this. They told him it was Vice President Pence but there was more bad news, it was in Melania's hand writing.๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’ฅ

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  7. Aiyhav Nouneim Author

    If you touch the๐Ÿ‘‡black point then your youtube will hang

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  8. Johny Ricco Author

    Capitano was the original stolen valor villain. He was usually portrayed as a braggart eager to impress people about his military and sexual exploits but turns out to be a phony.

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  9. Rahul M Author

    why doesnt anyone say the truth about renaissance? renaissance was a time when europeans woke up to the fact that christianity broke their link to their past. ppl were interested in revitalising their past. later on christianity hijacked the past AGAIN.

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  10. Holly Hobgoblin Author

    Oof. As a medievalist who specializes in the late middle ages, I cringed at that intro. Looks like someone needs to watch the original Crash Course World History's video on the Renaissance.

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  11. sadlobster1 Author

    I've seen millions of people call the 21st Century to be the greatest era of human history. Despite the fact that we're only eighteen years into it.

    But in my eyes, little has been achieved here that can measure up to that of the Renaissance. During that time; things like the arts, philosophy, literature and other things took center stage. Whereas today, people have traded art for technology.

    I've heard people say many times "no one reads anymore." Which is pretty stupid because since the Renaissance, reading has been essential. To trade a perfectly good book for a tablet with electronic pages is just…sad.

    Not only that but philosophical studies are almost non-existent. Nations give money solely towards athletic pursuits, instead of artistic ones and don't even get me started on our time's poor ideas of music

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  12. Adam Smith Author

    I've always learned about Il Dottore as a far more interesting and fun character; his usual attributes are that he merely 'pretends' to be a genius in medicine, business and law, but actually is a complete idiot, and steals all his ideas from his servant ๐Ÿ˜› Oh, also, he is played as someone rather overweight, so has to haul himself by his belly around the stage!

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  13. Shawn Ravenfire Author

    This basically sounds like Vaudeville. A lot of people don't realize that the Marx Brothers and Red Skelton were basically just doing stock characters that were popular at the time, and it just so happened that they were lucky enough to be the ones who translated those characters from stage to film.

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  14. Tessa T Author

    My cat (this one, on my head) is named Arlicchino! He talks all the time, has a diamond-shaped spot on his side, his mask is black, he likes whacking things. He can be motivated to do tricks like roll-over, high five and patty-cake by feeding him treats, which he will take even after a full meal. When he gets scared (like by the vacuum cleaner) he hides so some of our house cleaners have never seen him.

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  15. Gabby Grant Author

    Iโ€™ve been waiting for you guys to do an episode on Commedia Dellโ€™Arte foreeever! Thatโ€™s my favorite!

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  16. Ashley Elizabeth Author

    Never thought I'd see the day when crashcourse got PBS grants! Can't believe I've spent a decade this website either haha.

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  17. B.K. Laughton Author

    I want Commedia Dell'Arte to make a comeback. Not historical recreationism, but like, the format updated. So, like, something like standup or skit shows, but with semi-formalised archetypes. We've got more than the Italians had (just browse TvTropes). The whole thing could be a vehicle for satirising contemporary issues. Trump, for instance, is basically 'Capitano becomes president'.

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  18. Chiara Cami Author

    Not to say that the Renaissance is the most important historical period, but the Renaissance is the most important historical period.

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  19. Airnicco Author

    fun fact about Niccolo Machiavelli, he was part of a secret brotherhood in Italy , which many say he might have been the leader.

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  20. Stoil Stoyanov Author

    CrashCourse, You have a mistake in the intro facts. The most expensive seats in Elizabethan theatre were on the sides, in the galleries, and closest to the stage, not farthest. The theatre was still mostly an audio medium then and the richest wanted to be closest to the stage, so they could hear everything.

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  21. Anon Ilyas Author

    Reannisance…is basically a collection of Muslim advancements in golden age + Protestant Reformation influenced by Islam as Muslims continued advancing to the point they took over Constantinople and finished the Byzantine empire once and for all.

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  22. scarred child Author

    So fans weren't just a fashion accessory, they were vital parts of being in a hot theater? The more you know, the better you appreciate.โœจ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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  23. wowwords Author

    The first play I was ever in was a short production of A Servant of Two Masters. It was for a school play competition and I was just 13. I was Lombardi, 'il dottore'. It was hard work learning all of these ridiculous Latin terms and trying to play a man, but it was my first introduction to theatre and I absolutely loved it. The play itself turned out to be a hot mess- hardly anyone knew their lines, people walked off stage with key props without setting up the next scene, and it took far, far too long. The acting was very poor, and the only competent actor among us had to improvise most of the play to make its convoluted plot make some sort of sense- as others had forgotten to! Despite the play's painful failings, it was my first real experience of the stage and it was wonderful. It will always hold a special place in my heart, and I recommend it to anyone!

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  24. Lizzie Barlow Author

    You guys use so many good quotes but you never cite who they are by. Which makes it very difficult for further research. Where is the 'vale of tears that might lead to heaven' quote from? xx

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  25. Ferrusian Gambit Author

    Few scholars today would defend the idea the commedia dell'arte came from the Atellan farces, there is virtually no evdience they did. (And the scraps which do exist are thin linguistic connections such as sannio-zanni.) They are more likely to have come from medieval mimes.

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  26. Palamede Charlus Author

    If only this video had less cuteness and more content. The dumbing down of America continues–aided by PBS, no less (you don't want to know what's going on over at Fox.)

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  27. Emily Doblanovic Author

    I NEED TO VENT. IF YOUR GONNA SAY SOMETHING IN ITALIAN AND THAT IS OLD FROM THE RENAISSANCE LEARN HOW TO PRONOUNCE THE WORDS FIRST. It's just cause I'm Italian and I know how to say these words, when people say it wrong it just annoys me

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