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broad comedy characterized by boisterous action, as the throwing of pies in actors’ faces, mugging, and obvious farcical situations and jokes.
a stick or lath used by harlequins, clowns, etc., as in pantomime, for striking other performers, especially a combination of laths that make a loud, clapping noise without hurting the person struck.
using, or marked by the use of, broad farce and horseplay:
a slapstick motion picture.

comedy characterized by horseplay and physical action
(as modifier): slapstick humour

a flexible pair of paddles bound together at one end, formerly used in pantomime to strike a blow to a person with a loud clapping sound but without injury
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