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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as In Run Walter Also great and worthy of a mention is Bill Bailey, the mullet haired stand-up wizard here dialling back the zaniness to play Bagpipes, Walter's hangdog neighbour.
Luke Mejares: To bottle his zaniness for people who need to perk up.
Lifestyle Feature ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: Since Roald Dahl is known for his kooky universes, the musical further ups the ante on zaniness. Whereas in the movie, Matilda's parents were frighteningly suburban in their cruelty, the Wormwoods (played by Joaquin Valdes and Carla Guevara-Laforteza) parade around in gaudy colors and have a private dance instructor named Rudolpho (Bibo Reyes).
"The Legends are in it and there's really a fun storyline with Stein's (Victor Garber) daughter coming back," Guggenheim said in the recent episode of "Superhero Insider." "It still feels very much like an episode of 'Legends of Tomorrow' cause it has the proper required amount of zaniness."
The film picks and chooses from the blockbuster playbook, adding a mildly dotty Englishness that's a selling-point in itself: Redmayne, with his tartan scarf and unruly mop of hair, looks like an Oxbridge post-grad (or a young Doctor Who), and his unflappable eccentricity shades into zaniness. "What we need is an insect -- any kind of insect -- and a teapot," he explains when a creature runs amuck, as if asking for a needle and thread.
Helena Bonham Carter finds the perfect amount of zaniness in playing the Fairy Godmother.
A prime example of the group's zaniness is the time BodyVox did a mini-flash mob each Wednesday evening for a month at a restaurant in Portland to celebrate the debut of a new dance: "Hopper's Dinner."
Better still, he can be pretty damn funny spiking freewheeling zaniness with food for thought.
He has the looks, the wits, the panache and the zaniness that make the character as real as it can be.
And how all this zaniness can convey such a thoughtful analysis of religious fanaticism is part of the novel's spell." RON CHARLES
Now I know it is comic fantasy and everything and anything can and does happen but it needs a light and assured touch and here, in the ponderous explanations, it often feels as if the book is excusing itself for the far-fetched zaniness of the plot.