black comedy


comedy that employs morbid, gloomy, grotesque, or calamitous situations in its plot.

Origin of black comedy

First recorded in 1965–70 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for black comedy

black comedy


first recorded 1961, from black (adj.) in a figurative sense of "morbid;" cf. French pièce noire. In a racial sense, from 1921.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper