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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


  1. comediannoun

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

    Etymology: From κωμῳδία.

  2. comediannoun

    Any person who is characteristically humorous or amusing.

    Etymology: From κωμῳδία.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Comediannoun

    an actor or player in comedy

    Etymology: [Cf. F. comdien.]

  2. Comediannoun

    a writer of comedy

    Etymology: [Cf. F. comdien.]


  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

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of comedian in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of comedian in a Sentence

  1. Voltaire:

    “God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh”

  2. 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.

  3. Anuj Somany:

    A person who is humanitarian by soul has a great scope of becoming a true comedian, but let us remember it by heart that some people claiming to be comedians are just politicians by mind.

  4. Raheem Gaither:

    He could have been a comedian, for real, but nah. Now look at him.

  5. Lenny Bruce:

    The role of a comedian is to make the audience laugh, at a minimum of once every fifteen seconds.

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