comic relief


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comic relief

n.
A humorous or farcical interlude in a serious literary work or drama, especially a tragedy, intended to relieve the dramatic tension or heighten the emotional impact by means of contrast.

com′ic relief′


n.
1. an amusing scene or incident in a serious or tragic setting, as in a play, providing temporary relief from tension or dramatic action.
2. relief from tension caused by the introduction of a comic element.
[1815–25]
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comic relief

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He helps to keep our lives from being monotonous and gives a little comic relief where it is badly needed.
This was the comic relief of an absurdly dramatic situation.
I SAY, I say, I say, did you hear the one about the dozens of worthy causes that hit the jackpot as Comic Relief ann ounced the regional winners of a PS50,000 Community Cash pot?
TODAY, we can reveal the names of dozens of community groups who will benefit from a PS43,000 cash giveaway thanks to Comic Relief and the ECHO.
Comic Relief ripped off in 'jetset' fraud CHARITY boss David Ekert has been jailed for cheating Comic Relief to fund his jetset lifestyle.
A five-year partnership to fight malaria and improve health in five countries worst affected by the disease has today been launched by Comic Relief and GSK.
e Comic Relief events saw people getting dressed up in red, donning red noses and, as this year's theme was "make your face funny for money", a face painter was on hand too, which many people enjoyed.
X FACTOR host Dermot O'Leary pulled off an amazing feat of endurance to raise nearly PS650,000 for Comic Relief yesterday.
Voluntary organisations based in Kirklees can apply for funding from the Comic Relief Local Communities Grant Programme which has PS9,754 to distribute in this area.
Comic Relief is a commercial organisation and it has nothing to do with me, whereas Children in Need is the BBC's own charity.