Comedy Techniques

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Bawd
A woman who is humorously indecent
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Malapropism
A comical confusion of words, for example saying ‘expedition’ instead of ‘exhibition'
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Transgression
To break a law or rule, and to go beyond the normal limits of tolerance.
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Repartee
The ability to make witty comments and remarks.
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Bathos
Taking an elevated form such as tragedy and descending it into the ridiculous.
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Parody
A comical or grotesque imitation of another text.
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Charade
An absurd pretence.
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Clown
They are often a person who does comical tricks. The character is usually clumsy and unsophisticated.
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Travesty
when something important or crucial is made ridiculous.
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Revel
A lively festival often involving dancing and disguise.
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Revenger
The main character that seeks revenge.
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Moral double
Two characters (protagonist and antagonist) morality at opposite ends of the spectrum.
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Folly
A foolish act.
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Pun
A play on words. Often exploiting either similar sound words or words with a variety of meanings.
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Trickster
Often a liar or thief, a practical joker and sometimes clever at disguise.
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Disorder
Inversion (turning upside down) of the normal order in a society.
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Fornication
Premarital and extramarital sexual activity.
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Avaricious
Greedy for financial gain.
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Bawdy
Generally applied to language that is coarse or lewd.
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Slapstick
A kind of physical comedy invented in the 20th century but applied in the past. It involves falling over, blows and mishaps.
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Caricature
An exaggeration portrayal of a person or type of person for comical effect.
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Farcical
A method of entertaining an audience that uses improbable situations and useless pretence.
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Double entendre
An expression or figure of speech that has two meanings. The first may be obvious, but the second may be ironic or intentionally rude.
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A comical confusion of words, for example saying ‘expedition’ instead of ‘exhibition'

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Malapropism

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To break a law or rule, and to go beyond the normal limits of tolerance.

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Card 4

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The ability to make witty comments and remarks.

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Card 5

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Taking an elevated form such as tragedy and descending it into the ridiculous.

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