Slapstick is the recourse to humor involving exaggerated physical activity which exceeds the boundaries of common sense.
The name "slapstick" comes from the
batacchio or bataccio — called the " slap stick" in English — a club-like object composed of two wooden slats used in . When struck, the battacchio produces a loud smacking noise, though little force transfers from the object to the person being struck. Actors may thus hit one another repeatedly with great audible effect while causing very little actual physical damage. Along with the inflatable bladder (of which the commedia dell'arte whoopee cushion is a modern variant), it was among the earliest special effects that a person could carry.
comedy's history is measured in centuries. Shakespeare incorporated many chase scenes and beatings into his comedies, such as in his play . Building on its later popularity in the nineteenth and early twentieth-century ethnic routines of the American The Comedy of Errors vaudeville house, the style was explored extensively during the "golden era" of black and white, silent movies directed by figures Mack Sennett and Hal Roach and featuring such notables as Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, the Marx Brothers, the Keystone Cops, the Three Stooges, and Chespirito. Slapstick is also common in and Tom and Jerry . Silent slapstick comedy was also popular in early French films and included films by Looney Tunes/ Merrie Melodies Max Linder and Charles Prince.
Slapstick continues to maintain a presence in modern comedy that draws upon its lineage, running in film from
Buster Keaton and Louis de Funès to Mel Brooks to the movies to the Jackass Farrelly Brothers, and in live performance from Weber and Fields to Jackie Gleason to Rowan Atkinson. Slapstick has remained popular to the present day.
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