Queer Shakespeare

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Comedy book series (PSCOM)


This chapter unpacks M&W’s use of queer humour in four distinct periods: in the 1940s and 1950s as they trained in Variety and presented their first television show, Running Wild (B, 1954); in their first highly popular television series, Two of a Kind (I, 1961–1968); in their acclaimed work for the BBC in The Morecambe & Wise Show (1968–1977); and, finally, in their Thames Television programme, The Morecambe and Wise Show (I, 1978–1983). Lesbianism, dragging up as Marlene Dietrich, gay marriage, queer aesthetics, and more emerge as ripe subjects for a queer humour that helps to normalise homosexuality.


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