Low Comedy

Low comedy, in association to comedy, is a dramatic or literary form of entertainment with no primary purpose but to create laughter by boasting, boisterous jokes, drunkenness, scolding, fighting, buffoonery and other riotous activity. It is also characterized by “horseplay”, slapstick or farce. Other examples include somebody throwing a custard pie in another’s face. This definition has also expanded to include lewd types of comedy that rely on physical jokes, for example, the wedgie.

Dallas Baptist University Excellent explanation of the ingredients of Low Comedy in the theatre, offering examples of the genre throughout history.

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