is a form of entertainment featuring comedy
, and theatre
, distinguished mainly by the performance venue - a restaurant
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:
is also the name of a Broadway musical
is also a 1972 film
based on that musical.