Zaniness


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Zaniness

Allen, Gracie
(1902–1964) actress who played scatterbrained wife of George Burns. [TV: “The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show” in Terrace, I, 303–304]
Ball, Lucille
(1910–) American comedienne; “unchallenged queen of scatterbrains.” [TV: “I Love Lucy” in Terrace, I, 383]
Caesar, Sid
(1922–) pillar of zany 1950s comedy. [TV: “Your Show of Shows” in Terrace, II, 290–291]
Harvard Lampoon
mocking, satirical periodical. [Am. Pop. Culture: Misc.]
Hellzapoppin
Olsen and Johnson’s “screamlined revue” de-scribed by one drama critic as a “demented vaudeville brawl.” [Am.Theater: Misc.]
Keystone Kops
the slapstick film comedians specializing in wild chases (1912-1920). [Am. Cinema: Halliwell, 399]
Krazy Kat
tremendously zany, popular comic character that delighted Jazz Age intellectuals. [Comics: Payton, 372; “Krazy Kat” in Horn, 436]
Mad magazine
popular publication featuring zany approach to life. [Am. Pop. Culture: Misc.]
Monty Python’s Flying Circus
ingenious, satiric show that uses both live action and animation. [Br. and Am. TV: Terrace, II, 108]
Sales, Soupy
(1926–) American entertainer; children’s “funny man.” [TV: “The Soupy Sales Show” in Terrace, II, 305]
Skelton, Red
(1910–) comedian with zaniness personified in characters such as Freddie the Freeloader and Clem Kaddiddlehopper. [TV: “The Red Skelton Show” in Terrace, II, 238]
Three Stooges, the
(Moe Howard, 1897–1975) (Shemp Howard, 1895–1955) (Larry Fine, 1902–1975) masters of slapstick in the extreme. [TV: Terrace, II, 366]
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For his part, he says he deliberately tamed his zaniness.
Unstoppable in Stilettos: A Girl's Guide to Living Tall in a Small World takes neither approach but instead entertains with an offbeat zaniness that is both realistic and positive.
This is a gag that could grow tiresome very, very quickly, but Thompson has an abundance of ideas for detailed RPGs Shesh can conquer (to say nothing of Thompson's insights into the oddities of hard-core gamers), and Hao does over-the-top zaniness like no one else.
If you're not familiar with her work it's character-based stuff that strays close to zaniness at times, but always retains enough of a dark edge to keep it on the right side.
His residence in Nyack, New York, afforded him a certain amount of insulation from the zaniness of Hollywood.
Beneath the zaniness of this novel are images of loss.
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That zaniness is still there but her line is more technical.
The quirky characters, the twists in plot, the utter zaniness of the story, demonstrate that the genes have continuity.
I'm not talking about the half-forced zaniness of Virgin America or Zappos.
The encouraging (but not annoying) tone turns playful without falling into flat-out zaniness.
If it wasn't designed to commemorate such an important figure, this building might have got away with its inoffensive zaniness.