But "cod dry" is a term that it's almost impossible to google, because you just end up with lots of articles about preparing fish. With much perseverance I eventually tracked down this article by the veteran panto performer Keith Simmons:
Is the term still commonplace, or is it called something else now? "Fake corpsing" brings up a number of Google hits, but I don't know if there's a better term.I always tried to get a ‘cod dry’ into my scripts and now, writing with Ben, we still slip one in. I remember in Dick Whittington, at the Birmingham Hippodrome, Alan and I did the Haunted Bedroom scene with Jeff Holland and Ross King. I’d written that Ross and I would, at one point, lose control and have a laughing fit. Ross was the best I ever saw at doing it. So much so that the DSM put in the show report that “Mr Simmons and Mr King constantly seem to totally lose it”. I had to point out the direction in the script!