© 2014

Slapstick and Comic Performance

Comedy and Pain

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Louise Peacock
      Pages 1-12
  3. Establishing a Critical Framework

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Louise Peacock
      Pages 15-39
    3. Louise Peacock
      Pages 40-61
    4. Louise Peacock
      Pages 62-80
  4. Types of Pain Analysed

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Louise Peacock
      Pages 83-108
    3. Louise Peacock
      Pages 109-127
    4. Louise Peacock
      Pages 128-146
    5. Louise Peacock
      Pages 147-167
  5. Types of Pain Analysed

    1. Louise Peacock
      Pages 169-175
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 176-184

About this book


Slapstick comedy has a long and lively history from Greek Theatre to the present day. This book explores the ways in which comic pain and comic violence are performed within slapstick to make the audience laugh. It draws examples from theatre, television and film on both sides of the Atlantic.


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About the authors

Louise Peacock is a Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Practice at the University of Hull, UK, where she teaches a range of courses related to comedy in popular performance. She is the author of Serious Play: Modern Clown Performance.

Bibliographic information


“Her book examines the types of pain that can be greeted with uproarious mirth by perfectly sane and kindly audiences, both children and adults. Its definitive analysis shows the matter to be far from simple. In the context of slapstick, important distinctions emerge between accidental, random, intentional and real pain inflicted for amusement and these are carefully defined. … a splendidly constructive analysis of an important but often ignored topic in humor research.” (Jessica Milner Davis, Humor, Vol. 31 (03), August, 2018)