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play for laughs

To do, act, or perform with the express intention of being funny; to do something for comedic effect. I do like getting dramatic roles, but if I'm honest, I prefer playing for laughs when I act. While many took offense at the rather unsavory theater piece, I can't help feeling like the whole thing was, at heart, being played for laughs.
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Which is a sure sign that the action is mainly played for laughs as Hornet and Kato try to deal with mobster Chudnofsky, played by Christoph Waltz, who was the Oscar-winning Nazi in Inglourious Basterds.
The actress, who is expecting her first child with her fiance Martyn Lenoble, played for laughs by stripping off to tiny shorts and a crop top to grind against a pole in a clip posted on Will Ferrell's comedy website FunnyOrDie.
Most of the twists are played for laughs, and scenes between Jane and the two men transform a sympathetic neglected wife into an ice queen.
Veteran ballet dancer Wayne Sleep played for laughs and won over the crowd, displaying occasional moments of his talents with a few twirls here and there, and splits right at the end.
Moshe's growing spiritual crisis is rarely played for laughs, but that's out of an underlying commitment to character integrity more than, say, fear of offending anyone.
Less assured is an earlier sequence, played for laughs, involving endangered executive Lester fending off termination by fabricating same-sex harassment charges.
And as such he is played for laughs rather than high drama by Matthew Broderick - which is not to say that there aren't thrills galore.
A handful of gags are played for laughs, but Izzard is not an angry man and the laid-back amiability that permeates his delivery lacks bite.
And there are very many moments deftly played for laughs - such as when the prim Luciana necks a large brandy as if it is lemonade during her chat to smitten Antipholus of Syracuse, and when the conjurer Pinch appears as an American preacher with a touch of Elvis and lots of dry ice.
Played for laughs with kids in skeleton costumes and and Lola in white sheets, also a little disappointment Fat Boy's cougar lover Denise decides to free him of her spell.
But the film is at its best early on when the squelching sound effects are played for laughs.
The Sherlock Holmes thriller is played for laughs as the three-strong cast swap wigs, bears and costumes at breakneck speed to play all the parts.
Then zombie flicks took an even more successful direction when they were played for laughs, bringing us neatly round to Zombieland.
The character is played for laughs though, so hopefully he'll be able to have a laugh at him.