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Cabaret

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Cabaret is a form of entertainment featuring comedy, song, dance, and theatre, distinguished mainly by the performance venue - a restaurant or nightclub with a stage for performances and the audience sitting around the tables (often dining or drinking) watching the performance. The venue itself can also be called a "cabaret". These performances could range from political satire to light entertainment, each being introduced by a Master of Ceremonies, or MC.

The term is a French word for coffee-tray, used in the Parisian bars and other places in which this genre was born (mainly the café-chantants).

Famous cabarets include: