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in Elizabethan theater: a playgoer in the cheap standing section

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This chapter explores how the associations of the Elizabethan groundlings, particularly to do with carnival, map onto impressions of lower-class audiences in the Victorian era: "instead of the Elizabethan audience as a whole, it is now the groundlings who are to blame" (61).
I was able to have a pretty great job, and I had a live audience, which in many instances mirrored the same experience I was looking for in the Groundlings," says Reynolds.
The main catalysts for laughter are two characters usually barely noticed, Launcelot Gobbo, a servant who press-gangs two groundlings into becoming his ventriloquists' dummies and drunken, lecherous Gratiano.
I don't think you have to be drunk to enjoy or perform Shakespeare," the actor allows, but adds that "the groundlings were presumably the most important section of Shakespeare's audience, and these gimmicks are certainly of that breed.
A former member of the influential comedy troupe The Groundlings, she had been rejected twice before for a spot on the NBC comedy institution.
Although she and Falcone have been together for years (they met while working in improvisational comedy group The Groundlings in the Nineties), this is the couple's first big screen writing collaboration - and McCarthy admits there was a concern that if it didn't get the reaction they'd have liked, it would impact their relationship.
His training includes The Groundlings, BATS, Stuart K.
They wrote an amazing script and then let us infuse it with our own stuff, which was really fun," says Rudolph, who first met the pair when they were all part of the legendary LA-based improvisational comedy group The Groundlings (alumni include Carell, Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig).
The theatres needed to attract large numbers of playgoers and so performances had to appeal to a wide spectrum of society, from groundlings to courtiers.
Dissatisfaction with jockeys is rife, the fuel that keeps the groundlings grumbling.
comedy group The Groundlings and in 2005 achieved the Holy Grail for comedians by joining the cast of Saturday Night Live.
Basically the film runs two parallel plotlines: one is the tortuous schemes of Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, who brings his plays to the stage anonymously because, as an aristocrat and close to the Queen, it would be unseemly and demeaning for him to promote his love of literature for the entertainment of the Elizabethan rabble and the groundlings in London theatres like The Globe and The Rose.
OF When a teacher suggested she should continue treading the boards, Kristen did, dropping out of university and Wiig heading to Los Angeles where she joined The Groundlings.
Annie is Wiig's long-time friend, Annie Mumolo, who she met years ago at the Los Angeles-based improvisation troupe The Groundlings.
Agreeing, poet Saul Williams said, "In his day, Shakespeare wrote for the groundlings - he found it important to keep it real for the streets, which is the same thing many hip hop artists feel is important as well.