Deadpan Delivery

Emphasis on the “dead.”

Definition/Summary:

Deadpan aka “dead face” a type of sarcastic humor delivered by a comedian without any emotion present
“Hiding a joke behind a serious face”

  • Comedic delivery to contrast with the ridiculous subject matter
  • Delivery is meant to be blunt, ironic, or seemingly unintentional

 

Expanded info:

Origin in the 1920s a word combining “dead” and “pan” which at the time was a slang term for the face

  • Rat pack comedian Joey Bishop was known for this as well as
    Bob Newhart
    Buster Keaton
    Steven Wright
    Andre Braugher

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