comic relief

noun

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

Examples of comic relief in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The group then share memories of Screech, whose antics and bizarre comments often provided the comic relief in each episode. Aili Nahas, PEOPLE.com, 24 Nov. 2021 Dornan and Balfe play Buddy’s parents, dubbed Pa and Ma, respectively, and they are joined by Ciarán Hinds and Judi Dench as Pa’s parents, whose decades-long relationship shows genuine warmth and often comic relief. Emily Zemler, Los Angeles Times, 23 Nov. 2021 The underdog pick is Cousin Greg (Nicholas Braun), an ingenuous arriviste who, long-limbed and blunder-prone, provides much of the show’s comic relief. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 1 Nov. 2021 To many Americans, the kerfuffle provided comic relief during a time when most things weren’t funny. Washington Post, 8 Oct. 2021 And without sacrificing humor, the show adds depth to characters like Mrs. Dickinson and Lavinia, who in earlier seasons mostly provided comic relief. Judy Berman, Time, 5 Nov. 2021 Kelli has often been relegated to the role of comic relief on the show because it’s where Natasha Rothwell shines. Cate Young, Vulture, 24 Oct. 2021 One was the leader, one was the femme fatale/comic relief, and one was the muscle. Nick Romano, EW.com, 5 Aug. 2021 Usually good at providing comic relief, Curry had no idea what would happen next. Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 June 2021

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First Known Use of comic relief

1783, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of comic relief was in 1783

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3 Dec 2021

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“Comic relief.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/comic%20relief. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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