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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. A noun or pronoun can be used between "play" and "for laughs." 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. I wish he hadn't played the role for laughs, since there was the potential for some real dramatic weight in his performance.
See also: laugh, play

play something for laughs

(of a performer) try to arouse laughter in an audience, especially in inappropriate circumstances.
See also: laugh, play, something
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The performance was fastpaced and played for laughs.
As Catherine's yuppified sister, Joanne Takahashi refuses to yield to stereotype, bringing compassion to a role that could easily be played for laughs.
This elaborately executed sci-fi shaggy dog story is played for laughs - director Joe Dante is a dab hand at that.
This is strictly played for laughs and there are lots of them.
The par-three might be played for laughs but drug testing isn't.
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And even though it isn't played for laughs, there are some surprisingly funny lines.
Mostly though, this was played for laughs and while his material may be old and blue, Monkhouse undeniably knows how to play a quip and can be extremely funny.
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.
anonymous 130mins Opens Friday, October 28 Roland Emmerich's beautifully staged period thriller stars Rhys Ifans as Edward de Vere, the alleged lover of Queen Elizabeth and the true author of the works of Shakespeare (engagingly played for laughs by Rafe Spall).
And he said the scene wasn't played for laughs so he was surprised that millions around the world found it so comic.
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Played for laughs in story of Catholic schoolgirl looking for advice.
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