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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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Slapstick comedy entertainer that manages to evoke a few laughs.
Unfortunately, given the display of slapstick comedy that the Belgians put on at the Bridge, the gaffer's name is Mario 'Mr' Been.
Always game for some slapstick comedy, Hanks finished the interview with a set-piece about cartoon whales swimming in the backdrop of the stage that eventually saw the Academy Award winner covered in water.
In my opinion Norman was at that time the king of slapstick comedy.
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of Oklahoma) examines how her slapstick comedy in such Depression-era films as Prosperity (1932) and Tugboat Annie (1933) represented non-glamours women, the poor, and older people.
On paper, a slapstick comedy about ping-pong, a marginal sport at best, must have made sense.
As a part of the ongoing Dubai Summer Surprises celebration, Mall of the Emirates brings together the grace of trampoline with hilarious slapstick comedy that is guaranteed to leave audiences with a smile.
As skilled in slapstick comedy as she was in high tragedy, Sills once described the role of Marie, the daughter of the regiment, as a "Lucille Ball with high notes.
A revival is headed back to Manhattan in April for a run at the New Victory Theatre, but first it revs up at home in Vancouver, where the series of improv skits first gelled into a slapstick comedy about a bunch of strangers on the Number 14 commuter line.
You can't get any hipper than Burbank,'' said Gary Owens, the Radio Hall of Famer whose phrase ``from beautiful downtown Burbank'' was heard through the 1960s and 1970s on the cult TV slapstick comedy show ``Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In'' and on Johnny Carson's ``Tonight Show.