Definitions for second banana
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a comic who supports the leading comedian, esp. in burlesque or vaudeville.
Category: Common Vocabulary, Showbiz
any person who plays a secondary role.
Category: Common Vocabulary
Ref: Compare top banana.
Origin of second banana:
straight man, second banana(noun)
a performer who acts as stooge to a comedian
second fiddle, second banana(noun)
someone who serves in a subordinate capacity or plays a secondary role
A comedian who plays a secondary or supporting role, especially as straight man and traditionally in vaudeville or burlesque theatre.
A person who serves in a supporting, secondary, or subsidiary capacity; an assistant.
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