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Slapstick and Comic Performance: Comedy and Pain (2014)
Book
Peacock, L. (2014). Slapstick and Comic Performance: Comedy and Pain. London: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137438973

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, televi... Read More about Slapstick and Comic Performance: Comedy and Pain.

Conflict and slapstick in Commedia dell’Arte – The double act of Pantalone and Arlecchino (2013)
Journal Article
Peacock, L. (2013). Conflict and slapstick in Commedia dell’Arte – The double act of Pantalone and Arlecchino. Comedy Studies, 4(1), 59-69. https://doi.org/10.1386/cost.4.1.59_1

This article will explore the centrality of conflict to the slapstick comedy of Commedia dell’Arte. Commedia flourished for over 200 years in Italy and throughout Europe. At its heart was the relationship between Pantalone, the wealthy old man, and A... Read More about Conflict and slapstick in Commedia dell’Arte – The double act of Pantalone and Arlecchino.

No pain, no gain - the provocation of laughter in slapstick comedy (2010)
Journal Article
Peacock, L. S. (2010). No pain, no gain - the provocation of laughter in slapstick comedy. Popular entertainment studies, 1(2), 93-106

This article explores the relationship between danger and laughter in the work of a number of what might be defined as slapstick or physical comedians. The notion of physical comedians risking life and limb in order to generate laughter from an admir... Read More about No pain, no gain - the provocation of laughter in slapstick comedy.