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Comedian Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    comedian n
  1. a professional performer who tells jokes and performs comical acts [syn: comic]
  2. an actor in a comedy
Comedian Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Comedian \Co*me"di*an\, n. [Cf. F. com['e]dien.]
  1. An actor or player in comedy. ``The famous comedian, Roscius.'' --Middleton.
  2. A writer of comedy. --Milton.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Comedian'

A comedian (sometimes comedienne, see below) or comic is a person who seeks to entertain an audience, primarily by making them laugh. This might be through jokes or amusing situations, or acting a fool, as in slapstick, or employing prop comedy. A comedian who addresses an audience directly is called a stand-up comic.

A comedian can be distinguished from a clown because clowns most often use slapstick, wear costumes and makeup, and engage in buffoonery, whereas comedians most often focus on a more verbal style of humor, telling jokes.

A popular saying, variously quoted but generally attributed to Ed Wynn, is, "A comic says funny things; a comedian says things funny," which draws a distinction between how much of the comedy can be attributed to verbal content and how much to acting and persona.

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* God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh. - Voltaire

* I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately. - George Carlin

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