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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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Comediannoun

    an actor or player in comedy

  2. Comediannoun

    a writer of comedy

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

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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  1. daemonic

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  3. demoniac

  4. midocean

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Numerology

  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. Trevor Noah:

    The Daily Show with Comedian Trevor Noah.

  2. Marc Maron:

    And I would ask Comedian Louis . about it. I would say, ‘ This story about you forcing these women to watch you jerk off, what is that, is that true ? ’ Comedian Louis . goes, ‘ No, it’s not true. It’s not real. It’s a rumor. ’ And I would say, ‘ Well, are you going to address it somehow ? Handle it ? Get out from under it whenever it shows up ? ’ ‘ Comedian Louis . ca n’t, I ca n’t do that. I ca n’t give it life, give it air. ’ That was the conversation.

  3. Foto AP/Chris Pizzello:

    In some ways, what Smith did represents simply the entitlement of any badly behaved Hollywood megastar. He was able to walk up onstage, slap Rock, … return to his seat, curse … — all before receiving a standing ovation after winning the Oscar, white people … certainly saw when Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock across the face.

  4. Marc Maron:

    Sadly, I knew what most people knew : There was a story out there, I guess going back several years, there were unnamed people in the story, it took place in a hotel room in Aspen. It was always out there, but then it would pick up momentum at different times, and I would ask Comedian Louis . about it. I would say, ‘ This story about you forcing these women to watch you jerk off, what is that, is that true ? ’ Comedian Louis . goes, ‘ No, it’s not true. It’s not real. It’s a rumor. ’ And I would say, ‘ Well, are you going to address it somehow ? Handle it ? Get out from under it whenever it shows up ? ’ ‘ Comedian Louis . ca n’t, I ca n’t do that. I ca n’t give it life, give it air. ’ That was the conversation.

  5. Lewis Baldwin:

    Democratic Socialist was the comedian of the civil rights movement, ralph Abernathy said had not King become a civil rights leader Ralph Abernathy could have succeeded as a comedian.

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