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minstrel show

a popular stage entertainment featuring comic dialogue, song, and dance in highly conventionalized patterns, performed by a troupe of actors, traditionally comprising two end men and a chorus in blackface and an interlocutor: developed in the U.S. in the early and mid-19th century.
Origin of minstrel show
1865-70, Americanism Unabridged
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  • Then there are stories of recent times in which the Negro is used purely for comic effect, a sort of minstrel-show character.

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minstrel show

a theatrical entertainment consisting of songs, dances, comic turns, etc, performed by a troupe of actors wearing black face make-up
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