Andicles Rex (Greek: Ἀνδικλῆς Τύραννος - "Andrey the Tyrant") (420 BC) was an extremely prescient, self-referential, and long-winded comedy by Aristophanes, or someone like him. The vast majority of it remains lost, but in early 2009 a manuscript was found containing scene 154.
We know second-hand that the play was famous for its unusual cast, which disregarded the norms of the ancient Greek stage. It consisted of the king, Andicles, a pompous fool, a Chorus of onlookers, called the Ratios (Ρατιος), and any number of Conservapedians, mostly members of the chorus who kept cycling in and out of the scene in various disguises, routinely killed by Andicles' buffoon bodyguards.
- Andicles: The muses tell me humour did not exist before Christ, I should blog this.
- Chorus: Sure it did, it's part of the human condition. Look at these examples of humor.
- Andicles: Those are stupid and grotesque. I mean something specific and elitist.
- Conservapedian 1: What?
- Andicles: Not telling.
- Conservapedian 2: Parody?
- Andicles: Not parody, except when I write it. Liberals are stupid and like parody and watch Comedy Central three hours a day after public school.
- Conservapedian 3: What about Aristophanes?
- Andicles: Never read it, or anything classical, but I know that the Greeks laughed at stupid, grotesque, sexual things. Also, they were much more intelligent than us.
- Conservapedians 4-9: Wait... what? Never mind. So what do you mean by humour?
- Andicles: I already told you.
- Chorus: No you didn't!
- Andicles: Trading Places.
- Chorus: Huh?
- Andicles: You are all clearly atheists and you dislike that this brilliant insight blows your mind. Also, atheists can't comprehend humour.
- Chorus: Well, WIGOing we go!