I’m taking this one straight out of Emsworth’s blog because he basically called me out by name:
If the Shakespeare Geek were inviting his readers to rank their favorite practical joke scenes in Shakespeare, our favorite would be the trick Falstaff’s fellow villains played him on the highway near Gadshill. (Our second favorite is the hilarious scene in All’s Well in which the blindfolded Paroles all too readily betrays his comrades.)
Ok, people, whatcha got? Do we count Puck’s translation of Bottom as a practical joke? Does setting up Beatrice and Benedick count as a joke? Should we make a list of what all the practical joke scenes *are*, before we discuss which is best?