(Ralph) grabbed the two papers he bought every day: a Boston Globe and a USA Today. The Derry News came right to the house, courtesy of Pete the paperboy. Ralph sometimes told people that he was sure one of the three papers was comic relief, but he had never been able to make up his mind which one it was. Source: Insomnia by Stephen King Could I say ‘I am addicted to reading. It is comic relief’? Is this a correct use of the noun phrase comic relief? Phrase I looked up: comic relief: Sometimes when life becomes too stressful, or a situation threatens to explode with drama, a humorous comment or action can relieve the tension. It may be a momentary distraction from the drama, or it may heighten the emotional impact by acting as a contrast to it. In literary works, this technique is called “comic relief.” Source: The Writing Place. Thank you.