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pratfall

n. a fall on the buttocks; a fall on the buttocks done as part of a comedy act. If you want to be in musical comedy, you should learn to take a pratfall.
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Metaphors and similes do arabesques, glissades, and entrechats, not pratfalls.
In addition, contemporary caricaturists Gerald Scarfe, Ralph Steadman, Steve Bell and Ralph Sallon talk about practice, principles, and the never-ending source of material from the political pratfalls of government and royalty.
com's content is categorized in three areas: extreme "sports," with sports loosely defined as the kind of painful pratfalls and face plants that young adults can't seem to get enough of; drunken debauchery; and the self-explanatory, "show us your butts.
The frenetic funnyman is a one-man walking perspiration factory working double-shifts, coming across as awkward as a bag of coat hangers on stage with his trick bag full of gurns and pratfalls, shiny shoes, a badly-fitting suit and wire-wool hair.
It is also crude, sickening and hilarious, flinging vomit, blood and excrement at the screen as Johnny Knoxville and his daredevil pals attempt another bewildering array of pratfalls that defy common sense.
JACKASS 3D (18) CAST: T Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Bam Margera, Wee Man PLOT: There's no such thing as a coherent story, just a series of stunts as the MTV team attempt more pratfalls, this time in three dimensions.
HIS dad's an expert in polo pratfalls, and Prince Harry is a chip off the old block.
Nielsen is all-embracing, celebrating heroism and humour, life's triumphs and pratfalls.
Balls of Fury is this year's turkey, stuffed with flimsy, two-dimensional characters and obvious pratfalls.
Bean -- the nearly wordless misfit who seems to be followed by a trail of pratfalls and hijinks -- goes on holiday to the French Riviera and becomes ensnared in a European adventure of cinematic proportions.
Most of the pratfalls end in tears ( of pain for the team, laughter for us ( as we shake our heads in disbelief in such wanton displays of foolishness.
Her pal Celia (Elizabeth Perkins) represents the cliched blowsy, bitter housewife (should any further information about her be needed, she pratfalls in an exercise class and steps into dog excrement while trying to polish her image).
Murphy's trademark pratfalls and facial contortions quickly become tiresome but British rising star Thomason is luminous.
But wrong-way swans, withering glares, and pratfalls begged so broadly for laughs that one longed for less.
But comics use pratfalls for comedy, and these paintings are full, if not of anxiety, at least of vertiginous precariousness.