sight gag

noun

Definition of sight gag 

: a comic bit or episode whose effect is produced by pantomime or camera shot rather than by words

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Your filmography’s full of great visual humor, sight gags, things like that. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The folks behind Ant-Man and the Wasp on why Marvel doesn’t always have to save the world," 5 July 2018 But the toughest to master for Rudd involved a brief sight gag in which his suit malfunctions, zapping him to the size of a toddler. Eli Wolfe, SFChronicle.com, "‘Ant-Man’ Paul Rudd talks tiny insects and Skywalker Ranch," 2 July 2018 Her performance is among the strongest, propelled by an iconic outfit and great sight gags. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 10 recap: Cher-ing is not always caring," 10 May 2018 To watch an entire movie with a young woman at the center whom no one is abusing/resenting/seething with anger toward was refreshing in ways that more than made up for the mediocrity of the plot/dialogue/sight gags. Heidi Stevens, chicagotribune.com, "Why Melissa McCarthy's 'Life of the Party' could spark a quiet revolution," 24 May 2018 The writing is alternately wry and outlandish, delivering jokes and sight gags at a rapid clip. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Arrested Development' returns with more dysfunctional fun," 22 May 2018 Think about it: His whole deal is goofy sight gags, shrinking and growing his person and other stuff at will, and just otherwise being Paul Rudd. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "Everyone We Hope Dies in Avengers: Infinity War," 24 Apr. 2018 The genius of the script, which Reynolds wrote with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, still lies in its jokes and sight gags. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, "Deadpool 2 Is What All Sequels Should Be: Better Than Its Predecessor," 17 May 2018 The staging spills over into the aisles and balconies, and is replete with sight gags and one-liners, some of which are funny, others merely labored. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Opera Theater brings flair to comic, serious Donizetti one-acters," 15 Apr. 2018

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1949, in the meaning defined above

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