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kəˈmi di ənco·me·di·an

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. comedian, comicnoun

    a professional performer who tells jokes and performs comical acts

  2. comediannoun

    an actor in a comedy

Wiktionary

  1. comediannoun

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

  2. comediannoun

    Any person who is characteristically humorous or amusing.

  3. Etymology: From κωμῳδία.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Comediannoun

    Etymology: from comedy.

    Melissarion, pretty honey-bee, when of a comedian she became a wealthy man’s wife, would be saluted madam Pithias, or Prudence. William Camden, Remains.

    Comedians on the stage shew all their skill,
    And after do as love and fortune will.

    Joseph Justus Scaliger willeth us to admire Plautus as a comedian, but Terence as a pure and elegant speaker. Henry Peacham, of Poetry.

Wikipedia

  1. Comedian

    A comedian or comic is a person who seeks to entertain an audience by making them laugh. This might be through jokes or amusing situations, or acting foolish (as in slapstick), or employing prop comedy. A comedian who addresses an audience directly is called a stand-up comedian. A popular saying often attributed to Ed Wynn attempts to differentiate the two terms: "A comic says funny things; a comedian says things funny." This 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, Malcolm Hardee). As far as content is concerned, comedians such as Tommy Tiernan, Des Bishop, Kevin Hart, and Dawn French draw on their background to poke fun at themselves, while others such as Jon Stewart, Ben Elton and Sarah Silverman have very strong political and cultural undertones.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 (formerly the Perrier 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, Lee Evans). A comic's stand-up success does not always correlate to a film's critical or box-office success.

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  1. comedian

    A comedian is a professional entertainer who performs in front of audiences, typically using humor in various forms such as jokes, skits, or funny stories to make people laugh. This can be achieved through different mediums such as stand-up comedy, television, film, theater, or radio. Also, comedians may use satire, parody, or observational humor to present social commentary or critique.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Comediannoun

    an actor or player in comedy

  2. Comediannoun

    a writer of comedy

  3. Etymology: [Cf. F. comdien.]

Wikidata

  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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of comedian in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

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    The numerical value of comedian in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of comedian in a Sentence

  1. Bill Carter:

    I think Jimmy Fallon was not set out to be the political commentator comedian. Jimmy Fallon's an incredibly gifted comic, and that's why Jimmy Fallon was doing well at first, i think people liked the sort of feel-good aspect of The Tonight Show, but President Donald Trump overwhelmed that.

  2. Brian McMonagle:

    For all time, yes. Castor suggested that Bill Cosby and Bill Cosby lawyer at the time had the same understanding, because Bill Cosby later agreed to testify without invoking Bill Cosby Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in a lawsuit brought against Bill Cosby by Constand. Bill Cosby would've had to have been nuts to say those things if there was any chance Bill Cosby could've been prosecuted, Castor said, referring to the damaging testimony unsealed last summer. Castor said he hoped, correctly, at the time that the decision not to prosecute would free the comedian to testify in the lawsuit and help Constand win damages. I thought making Bill Cosby pay money was the best I was going to be able to set the stage for, Bill Cosby told the courtroom. I was hopeful that I had made Ms. Constand a millionaire. She eventually settled for an undisclosed amount. Castor said he relayed word to Walter Phillips, Walter Phillips, that Bill Cosby would not be charged. However, Castor said the two lawyers did not have an agreement that Bill Cosby would testify in exchange for not being prosecuted. Walter Phillips is now dead. Kevin Steele, who is pursuing the case, has said Bill Cosby would need an immunity agreement in writing to get the case thrown out. Kevin Steele has said Kevin Steele has no evidence one exists. While Castor was called as witness by Cosby's side, the former DA told Cosby’s lawyer, Brian McMonagle, he is rooting for the prosecution. Let’s be clear Mr. Brian McMonagle, I'm not on your team here.

  3. Fred Allen:

    We are living in the machine age. For the first time in history the comedian has been compelled to supply himself with jokes and comedy material to compete with the machine. Whether he knows it or not, the comedian is on a treadmill to oblivion.

  4. Caroline Hirsch:

    So many more women are involved right now, maybe women are thirty percent of who's doing standup right now, but their voices are much louder than ever before. And that's a good thing. And I think that many more young women are graduating, getting out of college or whatever their professional school is and want to go into this business. Not only as a standup [ comedian ], but as producers and directors and writers.

  5. Carol Burnett:

    I'm heartbroken. He was one in a million, not only as a brilliant comedian but as a loving human being, i cherish the times we had together both on the screen and off. He'll be in my heart forever.

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