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Why was slapstick comedy invented?

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Slapstick originated in the theatre; a slapstick is made from two sticks , attached at one end so that when you hit someone with the other end there is a "loud" slapping noise as the loose ends clap together, without hurting the person - at least, not much!

Strange as it may seem, the pain of others is the basis of much comedy, so using a slapstick allowed performers to give the impression of pain without actually injuring anyone.

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