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Comedy Glossary

Comedy has its own language. Find answers to all your questions in our comedy glossary. 

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A

Absurd

Act Out

Agent

Alt Comedy 

A-Material

Authenticity

Absurd

Act Out

Agent

Alt Comedy 

A-Material

Authenticity

B

Barking

Beat

Bit

Blue Material

Bomb

Booker

Bringer Shows

Word

Word

Word

Word

C

Callback

Catchphrase 

Character

Clapter

Closer

Comedian

Comedic timing

Comedy

Comedian

Comedy Club

Comic Relief

Crowdwork

D

Dark

Deadpan

Double Entendre

Word

Word

Word

Word

Word

E

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Elevator Pitch

Escapism

Word

Word

Word 

Word

Word

F

Farce

Feature

Festival 

Freewrite

Word

Word

Word

G

Genre

Gig

Green Comedy

Golden Nugget

Word 

Word

Word

Word

H

Hack

Headliner

Heckler

Heightening

Host

Humor

Word 

Word 

Word

I

Improv

Industry

Insult comedy

Word

Word

Word

J

Joke

Just For Laughs (JFL)

Word

Word

K

Kill

Word

Word

L

Laugther

Laughs Per Minute (LPM)

the Light 

Line-up
 

Word

Word

Word

M

Manager

M.C

Mix

Misdirect

Moderator

Monologue Joke

Musical

N

Networking

Word

O

One-liner

Open Mic

Opener

P

Packet 

Panel

Parody

Passed

Persona

Perspective

Point of View

Political

Premise

Punch

Punchline

Punching Down

Punch Up

Prop Comedy

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