- In 16th-century Spanish drama, a short comic interlude performedbetween the acts of a serious play. The term was first used by Lopede Rueda (1562 - 1635), the best-known writer of pasos,who turned out 19 such pieces. The simple farces relied on familiarlow-life characters from the commedia dell'arte, such asthe rustic clown, Bobo, and were popular for their quickrepartee. The paso subsequently developed into the more sophisticatedentremés. see also interlude; intermezzo.