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    Is there an English equivalent of スベリ芸?

    Is there a word in English for スベリ芸. Or if I just changed it to romaji would an English speaking audience understand?

    It's when a comedian tries to make the audience laugh and then bombs (すべる). Then from that silence the audience laughs. Kind of it's so bad it's funny.

    I'm terrible at explaining it, here's the Japanese wiki
    http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%81%...82%8A%E8%8A%B8

    I'm tempted to use the word slapstick even though it's not.
    Last edited by 4649; June 21, 2014 at 08:06 PM.

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    Re: Is there an English equivalent of スベリ芸?

    Quote Originally Posted by 4649 View Post
    Is there a word in English for スベリ芸. Or if I just changed it to romaji would an English speaking audience understand?

    It's when a comedian tries to make the audience laugh and then bombs (すべる). Then from that silence the audience laughs. Kind of it's so bad it's funny.

    I'm terrible at explaining it, here's the Japanese wiki
    http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%81%...82%8A%E8%8A%B8

    I'm tempted to use the word slapstick even though it's not.
    スベリ芸 often goes with slapstick, but it's not the same as you said because slapstick may lack the essential すべり concept.

    If I have to translate it in English, based on the wiki definition, I might do something like funny awkward jokes or one-liner jokes (or one liners) that create awkward moment.

    I don't know much about comedy, but I don't think there is an equivalent term in English(US).
    Ref: Comedy wiki link; types of comedy (UK) link

    The easiest way to handle the translation is to change スベリ芸 into romaji and add a footnote.

    SNL(Saterday Night Live) TV show may be using that concept of スベリ humor with Debbie Downer, a total downer character who is associated with trombone "wah waaah" sound effect at the end of the skit. That's a short sitcom, and it's quite different from JP スベリ芸。
    Last edited by mikkih; June 21, 2014 at 11:13 AM. Reason: added (or one liners)
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    Re: Is there an English equivalent of スベリ芸?

    Thanks. I hate using romaji and try to avoid whenever possible; looks like it's unavoidable here. At least it will make the puns somewhat easier.

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