low comedy


Definition of low comedy

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Beckett, who miraculously balanced high literature with low comedy, is too complex for single-minded interpretations. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Bill Irwin shares the secrets of Samuel Beckett in a masterclass at the Kirk Douglas," 20 Sep. 2019 Getting to the substance of the Bobbitt saga means navigating a good deal of low comedy. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Lorena’ Review: Cutting to the Heart of the Matter," 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, "Review: The Criminal Life in Mumbai in ‘Sacred Games’," 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, "The Obamacare Repeal Back-Up Plan," 12 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of low comedy

1608, in the meaning defined above

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“Low comedy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/low%20comedy. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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