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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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The Slapstick application was launched in mid April during the 2010 playoff season and can be view on the Washington Capitals website or at washingtoncaps.
Charlie Drake, perhaps, was the last of the great slapstick comedians, who combined both verbal humour with knockabout comedy.
It's tempting to look for reflections of Mikaberidze's movie in films that came later, especially Tomas Gutierrez Alea's great Cuban satire Death of a Bureaucrat (1966) and Terry Gilliam's dark dystopia Brazil (1985), both of which echo My Grandmother's mix of slapstick, surrealism, and anti-bureaucratic invective.
This physical comedy polish is what separates Grant from the slapstick shenanigans of Henry Fonda in the acclaimed "The Lady Eve" (1941).
LET'S hope England tonight can avoid the sort of slapstick football which gifted Macedonia their opening goal at the weekend.
The other plays a multiple percussion setup consisting of a seven-piece drumset supplemented by a woodblock, pedal-operated tambourine, triangle and slapstick.
On one level it can be completely slapstick and have garage humor, and on the other hand it can have very sophisticated cultural references about obscure French literature and [architect] Frank Lloyd Wright.
Anyone who has ever watched the slapstick comedy, The Three Stooges, must have concluded that America of the 1930's had a child-like sense of humor.
When a person in a slapstick comedy slips on a banana peel, or is otherwise hurt, people laugh because they identify with their superiority over the situation.
Over the years, audiences have flocked to erotic comedies (Denis Heroux's Valerie and Deux femmes en or), slapstick farces (Michel Poulette's Louis 19, le roi des ondes), soap operas (Gilles Carle's Les Plouffe) and thrillers (Jean-Marc Vallee's Liste noire).
21 /PRNewswire/ -- Paradise Pictures said today that "Indiana Cones and Another Crusade," a spoof filled with action and slapstick comedy starring David L.
The slapstick comedy Beerfest (Unrated) from the Broken Lizard comedy group will also arrive to stores on the 30th.