A botched center-right leadership election on Nov. 18 verged on slapstick.
Correction: This article initially misidentified Slap Shot as slapstick.
Mr. Mayall, who was married with three children, was famed for his slapstick routines.
Asian slapstick humor does not translate well, and most of the captive audience agreed, although they grudgingly watched it.
Like any form of slapstick, its greatest burden is its obviousness.
It frequently happens that a comedian will get after a writer with a stuffed club or a slapstick.
Her enthusiasm for the slapstick artist provoked him, but at the same time that gay laughter tickled his ears pleasantly.
Don Marquis recognizes as well as any one the value of the slapstick as a mirth-provoking instrument.
He is the comedian most often proclaimed an artist by the fastidious, and most often forgiven for his slapstick.
Sloppy sentimentality and slapstick farce ought to bore us frightfully, especially if we have any sense of humor.
also slap-stick, originally (1896) a device consisting of two sticks fastened together so as to slap loudly when a clown or actor hits somebody with it, or to make a sound-effect offstage; from slap and stick (n.). As an adjective by 1906. Meaning "farcical physical comedy, horseplay" (1916) is short for slapstick comedy or humor.
A very mild punishment • usually said when the punishment is felt to be unjustly lenient (1914+)