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low comedy

comedy that depends on physical action, broadly humorous or farcical situations, and often bawdy or vulgar jokes.
Compare high comedy.
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low comedian, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for low comedy
  • Irony you can find in any gallery these days, also low comedy, puerile cool and enigma.
  • Irony you can find in any gallery these days, as well as low comedy, puerile cool and enigma.
  • The prophet himself mixed strong language with low comedy in his sermons.
  • For low comedy try a troupe of politicians in full cry against the evils of pork.
  • But in zigzagging between low comedy and high sentiment, the movie never settles into a comfortable narrative track.
  • The dramatic episodes are relieved by low comedy and other fun which is the more effective.
British Dictionary definitions for low comedy

low comedy

comedy characterized by slapstick and physical action
Derived Forms
low comedian, noun
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Encyclopedia Article for low comedy

dramatic or literary entertainment with no underlying purpose except to provoke laughter by boasting, boisterous jokes, drunkenness, scolding, fighting, buffoonery, and other riotous activity. Used either alone or added as comic relief to more serious forms, low comedy has origins in the comic improvisations of actors in ancient Greek and Roman comedy. Low comedy can also be found in medieval religious drama, in the works of William Shakespeare, in farce and vaudeville, in the antics of motion-picture comedians, and in television.

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