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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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 The returning players work much better, as Scott’s old criminal buddies Luis (Michael Pena), Dave (Tip Harris) and Kurt (David Dastmalchian) provide deliciously wacky comic relief. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: With superhero sting, Evangeline Lilly leads fun-loving 'Ant-Man and Wasp'," 27 June 2018 There were a lot of emotional moments and there were comic reliefs part there, too., "Tammye Hicks, The First Woman Hero Of Queer Eye, Believes In The Show's Healing Powers," 19 June 2018 Red Nose Day is fast approaching, but Lola, a Jack Russel/Yorkshire terrier cross, is already providing some comic relief thanks to the one worn by her owner, Shaun. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Lola’s Lucky Day finds Houston dogs homes in Wisconsin," 18 June 2018 Only Emilia Clarke's Qi'Ra feels bland, and Solo continues the unfortunate trend of using droids as comic relief with L3-37. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Is Good, But It Could've Been Great," 29 May 2018 While The Bachelorette is using Lincoln as comic relief, Garrett, who has since apologized for his offensive social media behavior, is no such trope., "Has The Real World Completely Ruined The Bachelorette Fantasy?," 19 June 2018 Another dose of comic relief, Mulan’s grandmother lends the original movie a couple of its best lines. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "20 reasons why the live-action ‘Mulan’ should be more like the animated musical," 18 June 2018

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1783, in the meaning defined above

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