low comedy


: comedy employing burlesque, horseplay, or the representation of low life compare high comedy

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Bottom’s acting troupe, meanwhile, provides low comedy of the highest order, as the bickering performers rehearse their play with a heaping dose of vaudevillian slapstick. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 4 July 2022 Some were low comedy, such as the case of Ann Moore, exposed as a cheat in 1813. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 16 Feb. 2022 On long bus rides to small markets, Sommer regales his staff with tales of crazy characters and low comedy. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Nov. 2021 According to the most recent polls, Biden seems to have the edge on the former, but when did people pass up the chance to see the type of hijinks, aggression or low comedy that only Trump can offer? Bill Carter For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 15 Oct. 2020 Beckett, who miraculously balanced high literature with low comedy, is too complex for single-minded interpretations. Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2019 Getting to the substance of the Bobbitt saga means navigating a good deal of low comedy. John Anderson, WSJ, 14 Feb. 2019 The contemporary scenes, meanwhile, go for low comedy and topical satire, as Singh (the rare Sikh cop on the Mumbai force) dodges his uniformly corrupt superiors. Mike Hale, New York Times, 6 July 2018 Never underestimate the ability of the president* to add some low comedy to high malfeasance in the performance of his constitutional office. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, 12 Oct. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1608, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of low comedy was in 1608

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“Low comedy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/low%20comedy. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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