Vaudeville’s Slapstick


At the Smithsonian’s American History Museum last week, I saw a “slapstick” in one of the exhibits. The label said it was a stage prop from the vaudeville era, made of two pieces of flat wood connected by a metal hinge. It could be used from the wings or on stage during the more boisterous routines to mimic the sound of a slap.  Which is where we get the term, slapstick humor. Who knew?

The Smithsonian is always a joy.

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