Kickstarter.Com is Weird, or An All Pug Production of Hamlet

Many of you may be familiar with Kickstarter.Com after a person’s project for potato salad went a little out of control, and by out of control I mean above it’s goal of $10 and is currently at $55,492.

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Now Kickstarter.Com has a proposed crowdfunded all pug production of William Shakespeare’s tragic play Hamlet.

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And Kevin Broccoli, founder of the project of Puglet, successfully funded his production and it is scheduled to be a live stage show in September of 2015. The production will also be released as a video after it leaves the stage.

Let me say this: I think pugs are all wrong for a production of Hamlet. There are animals much better suited to play Shakespeare, such as cats.

First, let’s compare the popularity of pugs to that of cats, using Google Trends:

See? There is absolutely no comparison between the two search terms. I’ve even extended the search to include anticipated future patterns of the search trends for these two items, pugs and cats, and pugs drop off the search grid entirely while cats continue to be one of the most searched for items on Google.

Besides the popularity of the animals in question, pugs are kind of boring dogs. Here’s a video of pugs:


Now, here’s a video of cats:


Why do these videos matter? We’re talking about performance, here! Of course these videos matter. Cats are not only more popular, but more entertaining to watch on video. Plus, cats are better actors than pugs – they totally have this dialog thing humans do in plays down.

Why do I make this assertion? Simple. Cats on catnip. They are hilarious and entertaining. Now, I know the counter-argument to this is that dogs are obedient and that would make them easier to direct, but we’re not talking about direction, we’re talking about entertainment value.


When it comes to the last scene of Hamlet, what would you rather see – a bunch of obedient dogs laying down and playing dead on cue, or a bunch of cats on catnip running around stage and then passing out? The cats, obviously.

I guess what it comes down to is this: I think cats would do better. In fact, if this post gets 1,000 likes or shares, I’ll launch my own Kickstarter.Com campaign to put on Catlet – the all cat production of Hamlet, coming in 2016 or something.

(Image Source: Shakespeare Cats’ by Susan Herbert)

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