Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Comedian'
- a professional performer who tells jokes and performs comical acts [syn: comic]
- an actor in a comedy
- Comedian \Co*me"di*an\, n. [Cf. F. com['e]dien.]
- An actor or player in comedy. ``The famous comedian, Roscius.'' --Middleton.
- A writer of comedy. --Milton.
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.[See more about Comedian at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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'Comedian' in famous quotation sentence
* 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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