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How to Punk Your Steam Part 7.4: Make ’em Laugh (Recommendations in TV, Movies and Books)

Comedy is an art form, and there are lots of great sources from which to draw. Here are my recommendations for funny Steampunk and period appropriate comedy. Please feel free to leave other suggestions in the comments sections below!


Wild, Wild, West
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec
The Importance of Being Earnest
A Million Ways to Die in the West
Twelfth Night (the 1996 version is set in the 19th century)


The Amazing Screw-On Head (pilot only)
Another Period (currently airing on Comedy Central)

Characters and Books

Professor Challenger (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
Alexia Tarrabotti (Gail Carriger)
Professor Elemental (both in real life and in his book, Letters Between Gentlemen)
Algernon Charles Swinburne (Mark Hodder books)

Did I miss something? Please leave a comment below!


5 responses

  1. I’d add The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. It’s a Western with a mad scientist, out of time machinery, and a magical orb :). Thanks for a couple I need to check into.


    September 5, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    • Ooh, yeah! I have heard of that one but I haven’t seen it yet. Thanks 🙂


      September 5, 2015 at 8:59 pm

      • Yr welcome. I make it a goal to spread Brisco nonsense wherever I go. It’s wonderfully campy and self-reflexive.


        September 5, 2015 at 9:49 pm

  2. Reblogged this on Lenora's Culture Center and Foray into History.


    September 9, 2015 at 7:11 am

  3. Pingback: How to Punk Your Steam Part 7.3: Make ’em Laugh (Some More) | For Whom the Gear Turns

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