the state or condition of being zany.
romantic black comedy? yep, in this wacky thriller rod steiger is a predator on the streets of new york, stalking lonely middle-aged women (his relationship with mom is a bit troubled.) his theater background comes in handy when donning over-the-top disguises for his evil deeds. part of the fun for him is toying with the detective, leaving him cryptic clues. but then he ups the ante and goes after the poor gumshoe's girlfriend. toss a dwarf and an archetypal jewish mother into the plot for utter zaniness. loc.gov