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gag

verb; other word formation type metaphor
in improv: to make a joke in a story or narrative that ruins the work as a whole
 
The actor gagged the scene by observing that they were all pretending which made for a good laugh, but I couldn't get back in to the story afterwards.
Etymology : a metaphor for the "gag" meaning to choke, conveying the idea that the actor is choking the scene
Source : 6/11/13 San Francisco's BATS improv terms listing
Last modified: 28 November 2013


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