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Do you prefer wit or slapstick in a sitcom?

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I hate slapstick, I turn it off. I like my comedy to come from words/lines.
I think a balanced portion of both is needed for a sitcom, but with slapstick it can be over egged. Overall I'd go for witty dialogue, but physical comedy is always a good laugh too.
Totally agree with you Bryony. I prefer wit, but physical comedy - so long as it isn't over the top, is good for a laugh.
by Vee
I prefer English wit more than slapstick.

Slapstick has its place however I can only take a bit of it at a time, and many people cannot do it well so some of it is just stupid.

by Finy
I'll take wit every time. Slapstick can be good, but I rarely find it funny. Most often, I find myself embarrassed on behalf of the comedian or actor doing slapstick.
Give me wit any day!
Give me wit any day!
All the great comedy shows have a balance of both. The Goons, Monty Python, Goodies, Benny Hill. But there are two secrets to good comedy - the first, as always, is timing. The second is over-acting - a little bit of over-acting is a dismal failure but over-the-top over-acting can be a great success. Over-acting by American "comedians" is embarrassing but over-acting by Monty Python et al is bloody hilarious.
Wit every time.

I can't stand slapstick, it is too hard to take!
I like Open All Hours.
Wit is much more my taste
by Gia
Wit wins for me every time
WIT will always beat Slapstick flat!
That;s why British humour is so very, very popular.
Have hated 'slapstick' since a kid!

There've been plenty of good comedians', but the best, IMO, were.......
Peter Cook & Dudley Moore.....pure genius!
'The Two Ronnie's.....just SO funny, clever & witty!
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