comic relief


Definition of comic relief

: a relief from the emotional tension especially of a drama that is provided by the interposition of a comic episode or element

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Thankfully, the writers snuck in a little comic relief after the two had a blowout. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Best 'This Is Us' Recap of Episode 10 From Season 3," 16 Jan. 2019 This all-black, fangs-and-muscle creature is the comic relief, the surprise factor, and the beat-the-odds hero all rolled into one. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Venom film review: Stupid, but still good enough to bite your head off," 5 Oct. 2018 But the actor himself wasn’t immune to the comic relief. Washington Post, "AFI highlights Clooney’s life of acting, activism and pranks," 19 June 2018 But the actor himself wasn't immune to the comic relief. Pablo Arauz Pena,, "AFI highlights George Clooney's life of acting, activism and pranks," 18 June 2018 The comic relief is provided by good ol' boy Sheriff J.W. Pepper (Clifton James). Charles Stockdale And John Harrington, USA TODAY, "Every James Bond film ranked from worst to best," 18 June 2018 The only father figures in Crazy Rich Asians, Ken Jeong’s Goh Wye Mun and Ronny Chieng’s Eddie Cheng, provide comic relief. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Michelle Yeoh Hopes Crazy Rich Asians Will Turn the Trickle of Diversity in Hollywood "Into a Stream"," 27 Aug. 2018 The Kids Zone will provide non-stop energy and excitement along with plenty of music and comic relief from noon to 5 p.m. Highlights will include DJ, music, bounce houses, water slides, face painting, beach games and contests., "Fireworks show and block party highlights July 4 festivities," 26 June 2018 But the actor himself wasn't immune to the comic relief. Pablo Arauz Pena,, "AFI highlights George Clooney's life of acting, activism and pranks," 19 June 2018

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1783, in the meaning defined above

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