sight gag

noun
a comic effect produced by visual means rather than by spoken lines, as in a play or motion picture.

Origin:
1945–50

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Example sentences
They blew the opportunity for a good sight gag there too.
From the right distance, that would be a ludicrous sight gag.
My memory had turned it into an extended sight gag, with his whacking himself
  again and again to get the job done.
What began in the series' initial installment as part tease and part sight gag,
  now wraps up the comic's out of time sequences.
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