a running gag


a joke or humorous remark that is a continuous source of amusement

TRANSLATION

running gag = ein wiederkehrendes Element (eine Art "Leitmotiv") der Komik und des Humors. Ein Witz oder eine Anspielung wird mehrmals wiederholt, oft jedoch in abgewandelter Form. --- 541,000 Google hits

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IN THE PRESS

If the Oscar nominations made you feel well-disposed towards Hollywood again, the Oscar ceremony was enough to put you right off it.

And notwithstanding that RUNNING GAG about the "young and hip Oscars", it was 94-year-old Kirk Douglas who may have delivered the most refreshingly irreverent moment of the evening.

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a running gag
noun phrase

1. a joke or humorous allusion used recurrently in a play, film, television skit, etc., for a cumulative comic effect.

2. a subject, reference, remark, etc., that is a continual source of humor.

Random House Dictionary

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A running gag, or running joke, is a literary device that takes the form of an amusing joke or a comical reference and appears repeatedly throughout a work of literature or other form of storytelling.

Running gags can begin with an instance of unintentional humor that is repeated in variations as the joke grows familiar and audiences anticipate reappearances of the gag.

The humor in a running gag may derive entirely from how often it is repeated, the (in)appropriateness of the situation in which the gag occurs, or setting up the audience to expect another occurrence of the joke and then substituting something else (bait and switch).

Running gags are found mostly in television shows, but also appear in other places, such as video games, films, books, and comic strips.

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SYNONYM

running joke

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