Samuel Pepys, 17th Century Theater Critic
Friday October 23, 1668:
“…This day Pierce do tell me, among other news, the late frolick and debauchery of Sir Charles Sidly* and Buckhurst, running up and down all the night with their arses bare, through the streets; and at last fighting, and being beat by the watch and clapped up all night; and how the King takes their parts; and my Lord Chief Justice Keeling hath laid the constable by the heels to answer it next Sessions: which is a horrid shame. How the King and these gentlemen did make the fiddlers of Thetford, this last progress, to sing them all the bawdy songs they could think of.…”
* Sir Charles Sidley (or Sedley) was a 17th century playwright, poet, and performance artist, whose notoriously bawdy behavior was the inspiration for the first obscenity law. In one public performance, after stripping naked on the balcony of a tavern, he dipped his penis in a glass of wine from which he then drank the King’s health. A riot ensued.