Punch and Judy. Apparently these were the height of comedy from the 17th century up to the 20th in Europe. There was punch, and his wife Judy...and they'd slap each other around, and there'd be some sausages and...see if this were your only other option, shakespeare "comedies" become a lot funnier, don't they? Punch And Judy Puppets, Provider Punch, Punch Udis, Judy'S And They D, Antiques Dolls, Wife Judy'S And, Strange Dolls
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Punch & Judy Show - origins in 16th-century Italian commedia dell'arte, but now -is quintessentially English (first performance in England was on May 19, 1662). Punch evolved from the stock Italian (Naples) character of Pulcinella (anglicised to Punchinello) and is a figure related to the Lord of Misrule and other Trickster figures in the European folk traditions. Punch's wife was originally called "Joan." Originally, in the tradition of bawdy satire (often political) for adults, the presentation had gradually changed until it became more geared toward children - certain earlier supporting puppet cast members, such the Devil and "Pretty Polly (Punch's mistress), no longer were considered suitable for the new target audience.
Victorian And Edwardian Pastimes The history of Punch and Judy is a story dating back hundreds of years. Punch started off as a marionette or string puppet performing on the streets of London town, and gradually shed his strings and moved to the seaside. The history of this British icon is a fascinating one and when coupled with a live puppet show is an informative as well as very entertaining hour