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Slap stick


pioneering prop

This device is where the hyperbolic form of comedy still popular to this day gets its name. It consists of a small wooden paddle with two pieces of wood, which would produce a loud noise when struck to be used in exaggerati­ng Zanni’s onstage antics. Alternativ­ely, Zanni might carry a wooden sword, kitchen utensil or play a musical instrument.

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