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Bouffon (eng. originally from French: "farceur", "comique", jester") is a modern French theater term that was re-coined in the early 1960s by Jacques Lecoq at his L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris to describe a specific style of performance work that has a main focus in the art of mockery.

Etymology and early history

The word Bouffon comes from a Latin verb: buffare, to puff (i.e., to fill the cheeks with air). The usage of the word Bouffon comes from French and has entered English theatrical language through the work of Jacques Lecoq and his pedagogic inquiry into performance approaches of comedy, leading him to create dynamic classroom exercises that explored elements of burlesque, commedia dell'arte, farce, gallows humor, parody, satire, slapstick comedy, etc. that collectively influenced the development of modern bouffon performance work.

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