I was initially skeptical of Hamlet, arguably one of Shakespeare’s finest tragedies, being re-imagined as a comedy. In case you don’t remember the storyline, Atul Kumar (playing a clown who plays Hamlet), helpfully summarizes the plot for the audience at the beginning
Hamlet dies, Ophelia dies, Gertrude dies, Claudius dies
How could you make this funny? As it turns out, by the end of the evening, the audience were rolling in the aisles with laughter.