Glossary

Aristotle-Greek philosopher who influenced the definition of early comedy

Caricature-an exaggerated portrayal of person or type of person for comic effect

Stock character-type of character easily recognised by audience (e.g., fool, young lover)

Slapstick-humour based on exaggerated physical action i.e., collisions, falling down

Malapropism-a comical confusion of words (saying expedition instead of exhibition)

Euphemism-an inoffensive word or phrase for one considered offensive or taboo

Parody-a work that imitates the features of another work or idea for comic effect

Juxtaposition-placing (often contrasting ideas) side by side

Pun-a play on words

Repartee-ability to make witty replies and remarks

 

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