In Theatre, a Farce is a Comedy that aims at entertaining the audience through situations that are highly exaggerated, extravagant and thus improbable. They specialize in unlikely, extravagant and improbable situations, disguise and mistaken identity, verbal humor of varying degrees of sophistication, which may include word play and a fast-paced plot whose speed usually increases, culminating in an ending which often involves an elaborate chase scene.

Farces are often highly incomprehensible plot-wise (due large number of plot twists and random events that occur.), but viewers are encouraged not to try to follow plot in order to avoid beoming confused and overwhelmed. Farce is also characterized by Physical Humor, the use of deliberate absurdity or nonsense and broadly stylized performances.

Japan has a centuries-old tradition of Farce plays called Kyōgen. These plays are performed as Comic Relief during the long, serious Noh plays.

Representative examples: A chronology

Here are the Farcical Plays that were written around the world.

Classical Antiquaity


United States




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