I’ve noticed that as of recently, the phrase “comedy juggling” can refer to two very different genres of juggling. Traditionally, comedy juggling refers to an act that uses both spoken comedy and juggling. Wes Peden’s newest film, Gumball, has a section dedicated to what he calls “comedy juggling.” This style is characterized by tricks where the techniques themselves are funny, and he does not use external devices like spoken word to create humor.
I am wondering if people think it’s a problem that there are two different meanings of this phrase. Should the traditional version be changed to “juggling comedy,” since (to paraphrase Jay Gilligan’s episode of Juggle Jabber) comedy is generally more important than juggling in that genre? Would Wes’ version of comedy juggling be more accurately described as “comedic juggling” or some other name?