punch line

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punch line

the culminating part of a joke, funny story, etc., that gives it its humorous or dramatic point
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gt;> JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK: Jason Lee, the vociferous homophobe of Chasing Amy, winds up as punch-line arm candy for cartoonist Dwight Ewell (Punks).
Such "re-directing jobs," as Waters calls them, are not interested in narrative per se, although the punch-line structure demonstrated in the title of his curtain piece, 12 Assholes and a Dirty Foot ("the last taboo in porn") is deployed throughout in manners ranging from the punning 7 Marys to fifteen Peyton Place picture-postcard landscapes - cutaways, according to the artist, from unshowable sex acts - that culminate in a snapshot of author Grace Metalious' tombstone.