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...

I began 2015 with the startling realization that in more than half a century I had neglected to find a way to make a living. So I decided to take unfinished and unproduced works down from the shelf, rewrite them and send them out the door and keep going until

I had occasional lapses into Aristophanes amnesia between first embarking on my quest for his plays and finding them. Certainly in my year cramming in theatre, film, television, creative writing, and history at UBC; while writing a comedy in two acts; or whilst doing stand-up at Punchline’s; or sketch

I was introduced to Aristophanes by the Canadian humourist Stephen Leacock in 1966 or '67 in a piece called 'Homer and Humbug' (The piece was much older, dating from Behind the Beyond, 1913). The author is relating his somewhat pathetic attempts to impress people with his knowledge of his classics,