That night at the Cellar, the word "comeback" was never even uttered.
The comeback was, without question, one of the year's best and funniest comedies.
We might have thought The comeback was about a desperate actress's shameless struggle for fame.
"verbal retort," 1889, from come + back (adj.). Meaning "recovery, return to former position or condition after retirement or loss" is attested from 1908, American English.