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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



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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Mario chose a knock-knock joke contest because the brothers' back-and-forth patter reflects the kind of slapstick humor that gamers will find in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.
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Mattel, the master toy licensee for the "Looney Tunes" brand, has created a new line of toys inspired by the upcoming film, incorporating the physical slapstick humor and over-the-top antics that set "Looney Tunes" apart from the rest.
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21 /PRNewswire/ -- The Three Stooges, the popular pratfalling comedians, have been benchmarks of slapstick humor for decades.
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