How to return array of dictionary in a serverless python function

I was trying to build a function which can return array of dictionaries instead of only one dictionary as per the below tutorial I can return

import pyjokes

def main(args):
  joke = pyjokes.get_joke()
  return {
    'body': {
      'response_type': 'in_channel',
      'text': joke

I get this error

  "result": {
    "error": "The function did not return a dictionary."
  "size": 54,
  "status": "action developer error",
  "success": false

I need something like

return [{
    'body': {
      'response_type': 'test1',
      'text': 'joke'
    'body': {
      'response_type': 'test2',
      'text': 'no-joke'

is this possible with serverless functions?

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Bobby Iliev
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February 6, 2023

Hi there,

You can have just one body and inside the body you can pass your dictionary, for example:

def main(args):

      # Samle dictionary

      dict = {

            "name": "John",

            "age": 30,

            "city": "New York"



      return {"body": dict}

The response when you visit/trigger the function will be:

Hope that this helps! Let me know how it goes.



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