Corpsing is the theatrical term for unintentional laughter on stage. When an actor can't stay in character and instead bursts into fits of giggles, he/she is said to have corpsed. This, of course, is a hallmark of amateur theatre, and half the fun of school plays and the like, but is just about the worst thing you can do on the professional stage.

In theatre and television "corpsing" usually refers to the problem of dieing on stage, mid-performance: suddenly coming completely out of character, totally blanking or forgetting lines, getting the giggles, farting, etc.

Getting another actor to corpse is a cruel and dangerous sport.

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