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Glossary of Comedy Terms

Whether you're just a casual comedy fan or interested in starting out as a professional stand-up, this glossary will help you learn the meanings of comedy slang, shorthand and terms. Get to know everything from what it means to "feature" at a club to what a "callback" is on a joke.

Slapstick Comedy
Learn about slapstick comedy: what it is, who are slapstick comedians and more.

Blue Collar Comedy
Learn what Blue Collar Comedy is and who qualifies as a Blue Collar Comedian.

Insult Comedy

Alternative Comedy

Bit

Blue Humor

Callback

Bomb
Every comedian has bombed on stage at one point or another. Find out what that means here.

Emcee

Feature

Hack - Definition
A hack is one of the lowest things you can be in comedy. Find out exactly what it means here.

Headliner

Heckling
What is heckling and what does a heckler do? Find out here.

Improvisation

Set

Sketch

Roast - Definition
Find out what a roast is in the comedy world.

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