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slapstick

1. 
a. comedy characterized by horseplay and physical action
b. (as modifier): slapstick humour
2. a flexible pair of paddles bound together at one end, formerly used in pantomime to strike a blow to a person with a loud clapping sound but without injury

Slapstick

 

in the circus, theater, and motion pictures and on the variety stage, a highly comic method of portraying life. Slapstick involves behavior that is illogical and departs radically from generally accepted norms. It may include the bizarre use of props, for example, the playing of musical works on saws, frying pans, or brooms with strings stretched over them and with a resonator made from an ox bladder.

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These are two deeply flawed characters, but rather than get into anything too personal, slap-stick scenes and emotional heart-tuggers break up the dramatic flow.
Meanwhile, Sara Garcia played for something like six decades her everyready role as the saintly mother/grandmother of all Mexico, and La India Maria was playing comical roles that, nevertheless, invested women with some measure of social agency, even if it was often a slap-stick one: perhaps this was only agency Mexican patriarchalism was able to accord at the time to an independent (i.
We've had the slap-stick with staring-eyed Andrew stumbling out of Los Angeles nightclubs and Sophie giving her all to a let's-pretend Sheikh of Araby for the merest sniff of a fat cheque.
Whereas Dufferin describes the comfort of his yacht's cabin and remains serene during a violent storm, Moore's experience of sea-faring is almost slap-stick -- overdosing on seasickness tablets, vomiting into his polo-neck jumper and never quite finding his "sea legs".
No it is the penalty box comedy of errors and slap-stick routine leading up to it that will live on forever.
com Starring Pavilion favourite Johnny Mac and panto legend Dean Park, this magical adventure promises slap-stick fun and all the best Christmas songs.
Best known for slap-stick turns in the likes of Mouse Hunt and There's Something About Mary, its a scene in the a little-known 1995 British comedy called Funny Bones that sums his act up best.
Kevin was intelligent, trustworthy, honest, funny and downright silly at times with a slap-stick sense of humor that you couldn't help but love.
Catherine is a slap-stick comedienne, and Who has been a crude joke ever since it came back.
OTHER Live & Local shows on offer on Saturday include: MINOR SPECTACULAR - a slap-stick comedy about a man who rifles through the nation's dirty laundry fixing washing machines - at Eathorpe Village Hall; and BAWDY STORIES at St Peters Church Community Centre at Whatcote.