Advice for actors on how not to appeal to crowds:
And let those that play your
clowns speak no more than is set down for them. For there
be of them that will themselves laugh, to set on some quantity
of barren spectators to laugh too, though in the meantime
some necessary question of the play be then to be
considered. That’s villainous and shows a most pitiful ambition
in the fool that uses it.
Hamlet’s advice to the acting troupe may have some application to preaching, music and other aspects of life. What say you?