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Examples of slapstick in a Sentence
an actor whose roles range from slapstick to serious drama
a lowbrow comedy that relies heavily on slapstick for its laughs
Recent Examples of slapstick from the Web
The predictable threequel is more of the insipid same, oddly pulling back on the musical montages in favor of laughable slapstick comedy, daddy issues galore and, inexplicably, secret-agent high jinks.
All of the films contain at least a few brief slapstick or physical comedy moments; several have a lot more than that.
Charlie Chaplin may be internationally renowned for his slapstick comedy, but his childhood was far from a gag.
That opening - a strange mixture of slapstick and peril, immediacy and reminiscence - gives way to a story structured in alternating chapters.
Gillespie stages the attack on Kerrigan tabloid-style, for slapstick depravity (like the Safdie Brothers’ Good Time).
Beneath the over-the-top slapstick humor, issues of diversity, sexuality, gender, and adoption (to name a few) provide plenty of opportunities for important real-life lessons.
The two one-hour offerings presented by Theater for a New Audience posit and then set out to prove — the first in slapstick form, the second in a kind of TED Talk — that laughter is a predictable, reproducible, inescapable reflex.
This was the film where the untouchable Beyoncé went lowbrow in a slapstick comedy (rated 54 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) as Foxxy Cleopatra, a parody of blaxploitation characters like Foxy Brown.
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Did You Know?
The idea that knocking people about made for good comedy dates as far back as the Greco-Roman theater, where clowns rambunctiously "attacked" one another onstage. The object from which the word slapstick derives, however, was invented in Italy in the 16th century. Renaissance comedy typically featured stock characters placed in ridiculous situations, and one such ubiquitous character was Harlequin, whose brilliant costuming made him easily recognizable. Harlequin was given to wielding a paddle which was designed to make a terrible noise when he hit someone, usually to the delight of the audience. This paddle was eventually known in English as a "slapstick," and it became a symbol of that type of highly physical comedy. The word slapstick then came to refer to the comedy itself.
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