It’s hard to believe that “The Mikado” is a product of the pious Victorian age. Its wacky, absurdist humor was greatly admired by Groucho Marx,
who loved the work so much that he played Ko-Ko, the lord high
executioner, in a television production. Dark “Mikado” jokes about
decapitation and boiling in oil and the politically incorrect gags
wouldn’t be out of place on “Family Guy,” either.