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one-liner
/wˈʌnlˈaɪnɚ/
noun
a one-line joke
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shtick
/ˈʃtɪk/
noun
(Yiddish) a contrived and often used bit of business that a performer uses to steal attention
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comedy club
/kˈɑːmədi klˈʌb/
noun
a venue where comedians perform stand-up comedy routines to a live audience
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stump speech
/stˈʌmp spˈiːtʃ/
noun
political oratory
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master of ceremonies
/mˈæstɚɹ ʌv sˈɛɹɪmənɪz/
noun
the host and organizer of a public event who introduces acts and ensures the smooth flow of activities
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straight face
/stɹˈeɪt fˈeɪs/
noun
a facial expression that shows no sign of amusement or emotion, often used in comedy to maintain a serious or deadpan demeanor
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crowd work
/kɹˈaʊd wˈɜːk/
noun
the practice of a performer engaging with and interacting with the audience during a live performance, often in a comedic or improvisational manner
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joke theft
/dʒˈoʊk θˈɛft/
noun
the act of plagiarizing or stealing jokes or comedic material from another comedian without giving proper credit or permission
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hack
/ˈhæk/
noun
a comedian who relies on tired, overused, or clichéd material, often resulting in unoriginal or predictable jokes
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tight five
/tˈaɪt fˈaɪv/
noun
a well-rehearsed and polished set of five minutes of material that a comedian can perform reliably in front of an audience
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blue material
/blˈuː mətˈiəɹɪəl/
noun
comedy content that contains explicit, vulgar, or risqué language, themes, or topics that are considered more provocative, edgy, or offensive in nature
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gag
/ˈɡæɡ/
noun
a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter
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heckler
/ˈhɛkɫɝ/
noun
someone who tries to embarrass you with gibes and questions and objections
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in-joke
/ɪndʒˈoʊk/
noun
a joke that is appreciated only by members of some particular group of people
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joke
/ˈdʒoʊk/
noun
something a person says that is intended to make others laugh
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