low comedy

noun

Definition of low comedy 

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

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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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1608, in the meaning defined above

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