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 Matarazzo returned to the stage between seasons 4 and 5 of Stranger Things, joining the Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen as Jared Kleinman, the titular character’s confidant and the show’s comic relief. Brendan Le, Peoplemag, 29 May 2024 Lopez gives a layered and naturalistic performance as Mariana and Perez provides the show’s comic relief as Henry. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 May 2024 The role turns on a dime between larger-than-life villain to kindly father figure, from smooth-talking charmer to impotent comic relief, and Slater tears into each facet of the character with bloodthirsty relish. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Apr. 2024 Italia is an odd duck, both the story’s voice of conscience and a source of comic relief, a figure of fun and possibility. Justin Chang, The New Yorker, 28 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for comic relief 

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Word History

First Known Use

1783, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of comic relief was in 1783

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“Comic relief.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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