Comedy Can Be Murder

by Neil Ross
Ancient Athens. Up-and-coming comic playwright Aristophanes is accused of murdering his leading actor. With only his one-liners, his brilliant slave Jeevus, and the strong arm of the leggy Lysistrata, he must solve the murder, dodge arrows, and produce the first known comic masterpiece -- against the backdrop of an absurd war. Learn more...

COMEDY CAN BE MURDER: AN ARISTOPHANES MURDER-COMEDY by Neil Ross

Athens 225 B.C.E. Up-and-coming comic playwright Aristophanes is accused of murdering his leading actor. With his one-liners and the strong arm of the leggy Lysistrata, he must solve the murder, dodge arrows, and produce the first known comic masterpiece -- against the backdrop of an absurd war.

Professor Wagstaff (apparently an alias of Groucho Marx) translated this ancient document found “in an old Greek urn in an archaeological dig in the bottom of my in-box.”

To help bridge the millennia, the Professor has “cast” the novel with 24 modern comedians, thespians and politicians -- whom the reader is encouraged to imagine as historical characters inhabiting the ancient Athenian comedy scene.

The Marx BrothersJohn CleeseMae WestRichard PryorW.C. FieldsJim CarreyGeorge W. Bush George BurnsPeter SellersMel BrooksStephen FryBuster KeatonLucy LawlessWilliam ShatnerAndrea MartinJohn CandyTommy Chong Tony Blair*Zero Mostel & others don masks and phalluses in a tribute to the Father of Comedy.

With a little onstage hemlock thrown in.

Neil Ross is a writer/comedian/amateur historian living in Toronto. This is his first e-novel.