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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
Despite what the title suggests, the story is not a slapstick misadventure about teaching Donald Trump, president of the United States, how to be an adult.
Plus, there’s a decent amount of effective slapstick.
But the videos also include many that seem more designed to alleviate boredom than to promote jihad, and reveal a weakness for slapstick humor.
Bulked up for the occasion, Hemsworth remains an enormously appealing lead, capable of pulling off funny lines and slapstick silliness while still inducing swoons when his shirt comes off.
Never Say Die tells the story of a boxer and a journalist who mysteriously swap bodies after they are zapped by electricity, sending them spinning through a series of slapstick misadventures.
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.
The slapstick hit is an adaptation of a Mahua Funage stage play of the same name.
Frankenstein's slapstick madness—and Willy Wonka's more malevolent kind—felt too authentic, too familiar to have come from anywhere else.
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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.
First Known Use of slapstick
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