The Bardcast: "It's Shakespeare, You Dick!"

The Bardcast: "It's Shakespeare, You Dick!"

A cheeky, irreverent yet informative deep-dive into all things Shakespeare, hosted by two longtime Shakespeare performers, directors, and teachers.


June 23, 2022 71 min


We have had such a wonderful response to our first Sonnet Shakespeare episode that we rushed to put together another one!!! 

In this episode, we have our dear friends and incredible artists Colin Wulff, Simon Nigam, Michael Daly, and Harper York sharing their choice of sonnets - and the feeling, insight, and talent they bring to them is MIND BLOWING!!!!!!

We are incredibly lucky ducks here at The Bardcast!!!!

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We couldn't have done it without you and we are eternally grateful.

That being said, we thought we'd take a left at Albuquerque and riff a little on this idea we've been throwing around for a while: what does it mean to be "punk rock" (other than the music of course!)??  What is the energy and the attitude AND - what characters in Shakespeare plays could be considered ...

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The last episode of our second full season?!?!?!?!?!?!?



In this episode we talk to three of our beloved listeners and fans of the pod - they're THE FUCKING GREATEST!!!!!!!

Truly. Check it out. 

And thanks, guys, we're incredibly grateful for ALL of you!!!!!!!!

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May 12, 2022 65 min

We would bet that almost any human probably knows arguably the most famous line from all of Shakespeare's sonnets - "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" 

But there are SO MANY MORE!!!!!! 153 more, to be precise.  So we decided to ask about 20 or so of our most beloved artist friends to pick a sonnet to speak and speak about on the podcast.  We're going to take our time with this one, making it an ongoing ser...

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Well... we had SO MUCH FUN playing Trivial Pursuit Shakespeare that we decided to invite some of our favorite nerdy Shakespeare peeps and play another Shakespeare themed game - Bards Dispense Profanity!!! It's basically the Shakespeare version of Cards Against Humanity - get it?? Get the play on words???

Much profanity was dispensed. (The attitude adjustment substances were helpful, to be sure, but we went for it!!)

So grab a lib...

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Where the bee sucks, there suck we!

In today's episode, we discuss all the songs and dances mentioned in Shakespeare plays.  There's a LOT!!! Those Elizabethans like to PAR-TAY!!!!!

Also, Shakespeare used vocal music to evoke mood, or to establish the character or the mental state of the singer.

So sigh no more, ladies (and gents, and others), sigh no more - and fill up your dance cards with a galliard, or maybe a coranto... a...

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March 31, 2022 53 min

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead.

King Henry, Henry V, Act 3, Scene 1

Shakespeare did write a ton about love, but he also wrote a TON about war - people going to war, people coming back from war, people in the middle of a war... whew!

In today's episode, we examine the oh so masculine art of war.  We're sending you strength, Ukraine!!!

(NOTE: Also, Lisa Ann's soun...

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March 17, 2022 65 min

Hello dear listeners!!!


Summer is upon us and Shakespeare companies are FINALLY going to be able to perform - get online and buy yourself some tickets, for heaven's sake!!!!

In this episode, we lay out a whole bunch of Shakespeare performance companies in the US, the UK, Canada, and the rest of the world. So you have NO EXCUSE!!!!


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March 4, 2022 53 min

Okay, so maybe we're biased when it comes to Shakespeare... and maybe we're biased when it comes to New York... but!!!

We are definitely biased when it comes to our guest - we are so, so excited to have Rodney Hakim on this episode!!! Rodney is ALL things Shakespeare, particularly New York!!!

In this episode we talk about all thing Rodney, Shakespeare, and New York - wheeeeeeee!!!

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February 18, 2022 65 min

So..... wait..... are you telling me that Shakespeare wrote King Lear, Macbeth, AND Antony and Cleopatra in the SAME YEAR???? 

After writing As You Like It and Julius Caesar immediately followed by Hamlet?!???!?!?!


Shakespeare is a friggin' genius, we all know that - but in this episode, we look at WHEN he wrote WHAT - and some of the answers will blow your collective minds!!!

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February 4, 2022 67 min

Dick:    The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers. - Henry VI, Part 2 - Act 4 Scene 2

NOTE:  Is it just us, or it is hilarious that it's "Dick" that says the above quote????

That's right, you dicks!!! Today's episode is all about law and order!!!  What was the justice system like in Shakespeare's time?  WAS there a justice system??  And was our friend Will above it all or....... not??

And how do th...

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January 21, 2022 67 min

We all know that William Shakespeare may, in fact, be the greatest playwright that ever lived... but he wasn't the only one writing!!

On today's episode we discuss the other writers that were around during Shakespeare's time - the good, the bad, and the ugly!!! (Okay, that doesn't really track, but it sounded good!!)

So, who WAS Christopher Marlowe? And Thomas Kyd?? And Ben Jonson and Thomas Dekker and Francis Beaumon...

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January 7, 2022 50 min

Happy New Year!!  Happy New Covid Variant!!


To start off 2022, we are deep diving into diseases during the Elizabethan era, as well as the ones Shakespeare talks about and mentions in  his plays.

You think Omicron is bad????  

Try having lice shitting on you, or fleas puking in you.  Yeah. That's right.

Here we go!!!

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Merry Merry!!!! 

In this episode we talk about the holidays mentioned in Shakespeare plays - which aren't many - they were a somber lot! - as well as holidays that would have been a thing for the Elizabethans.


We've decided that our "A Visit From Saint Falstaff" is so yummy, we are going to make it a yearly tradition.  Here's the link to it on our YouTube channel if you want visuals!!!

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So.... if you listened to the FIRST part of this drunken series... you'd know that another episode was coming.  We were gonna save it, but our lovely listener Stacey asked for it so... here ya go, kid!!!!

To reiterate, in case you're NEW... we invited some dear friends to play Trivial Pursuit Shakespeare Edition via Zoom.  The caveat was that we should all be imbibing some delicious drinkables, smokables, and/or edibles.  Th...

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November 26, 2021 61 min

Lights!!  Costumes!!  Set!!  Props!! Sound!! Camera!!  Action!!

Although when Shakespeare was around, his productions would have had none of the above -  except cobbled costumes and props from each actor's trunk. However, we believe that if Will came back today, he'd be like "Fuck, yeah!! Use whatever you got!!"

That being said, this episode looks at Shakespeare from a designer's point of view.  We welcome four fa...

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November 12, 2021 50 min

It's Autumn... leaves are falling, the wind is getting colder, and the daylight is receding for the near future...

WHAT THE FUCK, Eastern Standard Time?!????

Since we're both EST haters, in this episode we discuss the ways Shakespeare uses the seasons in his work -  as metaphors, indications of time, indications of aging, etc.

We have to do SOMETHING to keep us sane until the warm weather comes back!!!

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October 28, 2021 45 min

Double double toil and trouble...

It's Spooky Season!!!  Spirits and vampires and werewolves - oh my!!!

In this episode we discuss all the ghosts that are present in Shakespeare plays.  Some are benevolent, some are malevolent, and some are just plain boring  - but we love them anyway!!

(Angels and ministers of grace defend us.)

Happy All Hallow's Eve!!!

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October 14, 2021 42 min

To act Shakespeare or not to act Shakespeare... that is the question!!

In this episode, we begin our exploration of The Ones Who Act Shakespeare with the household names of actors that you may have actually seen in a Shakespeare play in your time on this rock!! And we peruse a list of modern day well known celebrities  who have dipped a toe or ten into the waters of The Bard.

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And now, for something completely different......

We invited some dear friends to play Trivial Pursuit Shakespeare Edition via Zoom.  The caveat was that we should all be imbibing some delicious drinkables, smokables, and/or edibles.  The result is this episode.

ENJOY!!!!! (Shakespeare knows we did!!!!!)

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