One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An entertainer whose act is designed to make an audience laugh.
comic, funny man, funny woman, comedienne, comedy actor, comedy actress, humorist, gagster, stand-upView synonyms
- ‘We both enjoyed the live performance of these gifted comedians immensely as we both love live theatre and comedy performances.’
- ‘About a decade ago, I was asked to appear on a comedy special which featured political comedians.’
- ‘A lot of the way I survived as a stand-up comedian was writing jokes for other comedians.’
- ‘The night also featured a comedian, and a three-course dinner for club sponsors.’
- ‘I think at his peak, he was the funniest stand-up comedian ever.’
- ‘I'm sure that fans of the comedian's live routine will be more than happy to own this disc.’
- ‘He may be the last great comedian that anyone will even remember after turning age 100.’
- ‘I'm not blue - there are plenty of comedians who do that.’
- ‘For those who remain in ignorance, he was the greatest stand-up comedian of all time.’
- ‘His marriages and divorces were fodder for newspaper tabloids and late - night TV comedians.’
- ‘None of the truly great comedians are funny when you meet them in real life.’
- ‘Tip to aspiring comedians: keeping it clean is not as easy as it sounds.’
- ‘The 5.1 mix on this disc is better than expected - there were times where I felt I was really in the audience watching the comedians on stage.’
- ‘The radio personalities and vaudeville comedians brought their heightened creativity to the medium and it finally gained a wide audience.’
- ‘As always at a comedy gig, the comedians on stage faced an uphill challenge overcoming the comedians in the audience.’
- ‘While he considers himself first and foremost a stand-up comedian, his television career is on quite a roll.’
- ‘At 16, she rebelled against her parents and aspired to become a comedian.’
- ‘Being an unfunny comedian sounds like a kind of personal hell - public rejection and humiliation nightly.’
- ‘Watching the way comedians dealt with difficult audiences was particularly enlightening.’
- ‘The performance featured comedians paying tribute to Goldberg for her contribution to comedy.’
- 1.1 A comic actor.
- ‘Hire noted comedians and physical actors for the lead roles, provide the straight man, and start firing.’
- ‘He saw himself as a dashing romantic figure and was mortified to find himself seen as a slapstick comedian.’
- ‘He doesn't take for granted the skills required to be a comedian or comic actor of quality.’
- ‘Why isn't the greatest comedian considered a better actor than a mediocre drama queen?’
- ‘This was a shining example of teamwork, in which three great comedians combined to create an amusing and cohesive whole to a diverse and difficult play.’
- ‘But unless you have a real group of gifted actors / comedians to turn the material into magic, all you have are precise words.’
- 1.2ironic An amusing or entertaining person.
joker, jester, wit, wag, comic, wisecracker, punner, jokesterView synonyms
- ‘Aside from having total mastery over all things pointless, he's also a real cut-up of a comedian!’
- ‘The cruise took around one hour and was a narrated trip; it turned out that the guy doing the narration was a bit of a comedian so it was pretty amusing.’
- ‘Others become comedians or " party animals " so that people will like them.’
Late 16th century (denoting a comic playwright): from French comédien, from Old French comedie (see comedy). The sense ‘entertainer’ dates from the late 19th century.
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