low comedy


comedy that depends on physical action, broadly humorous or farcical situations, and often bawdy or vulgar jokes.
Compare high comedy.

Origin of low comedy

First recorded in 1600–10

Related forms

low comedian, noun
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Examples from the Web for low comedy

  • You've been having a fine, low-comedy time laughing yourselves to death at me, haven't you?

    Jason|Justus Miles Forman
  • Didn't you s'pose I knew as well as any one that I got a low-comedy face and couldn't ever make the grade in a serious piece?

    Merton of the Movies|Harry Leon Wilson
  • On the one hand, Lessing and George Eliot; on the other, the stock dramatist and novelist, with their low-comedy villain.'

British Dictionary definitions for low comedy

low comedy


comedy characterized by slapstick and physical action

Derived Forms

low comedian, noun
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