In theatrical terms, a 'take' is a physical reaction to seeing something. Comic characters often perform a double take because of the absurd world in which they are performing, and their audiences are often in a similar position when they have had an instant to reflect on a comic performance. With correct timing a double-take seldom fails to get a laugh. The double-take has probably been in the comedians repertoire for centuries and the term has been in general use since at least the 1940s.
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