play for laughs


: to act in a funny way that makes people laugh
She's fantastic in serious roles, but she also knows how to play for laughs.
Most performers would have taken a serious tone during the scene, but he decided to play it for laughs.

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Recent Examples on the Web Rogan may play for laughs on his podcast, but none of his Covid jokes are funny, a group of doctors argue. NBC News, 29 Apr. 2021

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“Play for laughs.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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