Definitions for Comediankəˈmi di ən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

co•me•di•ankəˈmi di ən(n.)

  1. a professional entertainer who makes an audience laugh as by telling jokes.

    Category: Showbiz

  2. an actor in comedy.

    Category: Showbiz

  3. a person who amuses others.

    Category: Literature

Origin of comedian:

1575–85; < MF comediain

Princeton's WordNet

  1. comedian, comic(noun)

    a professional performer who tells jokes and performs comical acts

  2. comedian(noun)

    an actor in a comedy

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. comedian(noun)əˈmi di ən

    sb who tells jokes as his or her job

Wiktionary

  1. comedian(Noun)

    An entertainer who performs in a humorous manner, especially by telling jokes.

  2. comedian(Noun)

    Any person who is characteristically humorous or amusing.

  3. Origin: From κωμῳδία.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Comedian(noun)

    an actor or player in comedy

  2. Comedian(noun)

    a writer of comedy

Freebase

  1. Comedian

    A comedian 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 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. Since the 1980s, a new wave of comedy, called alternative comedy, has grown in popularity with its more offbeat and experimental style. This normally involves more experiential, or observational reporting, e.g. Alexei Sayle, Daniel Tosh, Louis C.K. and Malcolm Hardee. As far as content is concerned, comedians such as Tommy Tiernan, Des Bishop, and Joan Rivers draw on their background to poke fun at themselves, while others such as Jon Stewart, and Ben Elton have very strong political and cultural undertones. Contemporary comedians include Conan O'Brien and Jonathan Ross. Many comics achieve a cult following while touring famous comedy hubs such as the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, the Edinburgh Fringe, and Melbourne Comedy Festival in Australia. Often a comic's career advances significantly when they win a notable comedy award, such as the Edinburgh Comedy Award. Comics sometimes foray into other areas of entertainment, such as film and television, where they become more widely known; e.g., Eddie Izzard or Charlyne Yi. However, a comic's stand-up success does not guarantee a film's critical or box office success.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

comedian(noun)

a performer who tells jokes or acts in comedies.

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