Creator: Reduced Shakespeare Company
We think old Bill
's too stuffy, he needs to loosen,
So we take his boring plays and we reduce 'em!
The poetry, the subplots, the imagery that's illing,
And we get right down to the sex and killing!
—"We Take It OTT (The RSC)" from The Reduced Shakespeare Radio Show
The Reduced Shakespeare Company is an American comedy group, who specialise in taking vast bodies of work, that would take days to see in their entirety, whittling them down to the bare essentials, then whittling them down a bit further and filling the gaps with jokes. They arguably invented The Abridged Series
Their members can be blamed for producing these plays:
They also made The Reduced Shakespeare Radio Show
for The BBC
World Service, which was The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
reformatted into six half-hour radio episodes. Although not strictly RSC shows, founder Adam Long made four Reduced-style quarter-hour shows for BBC Radio 4 about British politics
under the title The Condensed History of...
(the three main parties and Big Ben).