comedian

A comedian tells jokes for a living. If you have the ability to crack everyone up at the dinner table, your mom might say that you should be a comedian.

Comedians perform in various ways: a stand-up comedian, for example, tells jokes on a stage at a comedy club. Other comedians might perform improvisational comedy routines in a group, or be featured in a funny movie. In the 16th century, a comedian was specifically a "comic poet," while later the words comedian and actor were briefly interchangeable. It comes from the Greek komoidia, "an amusing spectacle."

Definitions of comedian
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n a professional performer who tells jokes and performs comical acts

Synonyms:
comic
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Benjamin Kubelsky
United States comedian known for his timeing and delivery and self-effacing humor (1894-1974)
Nathan Birnbaum
United States comedian and film actor (1896-1996)
Sidney Caesar
United States comedian who pioneered comedy television shows (born 1922)
Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin
English comedian and film maker; portrayed a downtrodden little man in baggy pants and bowler hat (1889-1977)
Jimmy Durante
United States comedian remembered for his large nose and hoarse voice (1893-1980)
William Claude Dukenfield
United States comedian and film actor (1880-1946)
Oliver Hardy
United States slapstick comedian who played the pompous and overbearing member of the Laurel and Hardy duo who made many films (1892-1957)
Alfred Hawthorne
risque English comedian (1925-1992)
Leslie Townes Hope
United States comedian (born in England) who appeared in films with Bing Crosby (1903-2003)
Joseph Francis Keaton
United States comedian and actor in silent films noted for his acrobatic skills and deadpan face (1895-1966)
Sir Harry MacLennan Lauder
Scottish ballad singer and music hall comedian (1870-1950)
Arthur Stanley Jefferson Laurel
United States slapstick comedian (born in England) who played the scatterbrained and often tearful member of the Laurel and Hardy duo who made many films (1890-1965)
Steve Martin
United States actor and comedian (born in 1945)
Julius Marx
United States comedian; one of four brothers who made motion pictures together (1890-1977)
Leonard Marx
United States comedian; one of four brothers who made motion pictures together (1891-1961)
Arthur Marx
United States comedian; one of four brothers who made motion pictures together (1893-1964)
Herbert Marx
United States comedian; one of four brothers who made motion pictures together (1901-1979)
Dudley Stuart John Moore
English actor and comedian who appeared on television and in films (born in 1935)
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buffoon, clown, goof, goofball, merry andrew
a person who amuses others by ridiculous behavior
comedienne
a female comedian
gagman, standup comedian
a comedian who uses gags
joker, jokester
a person who enjoys telling or playing jokes
top banana
the leading comedian in a burlesque show
harlequin
a clown or buffoon (after the Harlequin character in the commedia dell'arte)
fool, jester, motley fool
a professional clown employed to entertain a king or nobleman in the Middle Ages
whiteface
a clown whose face is covered with white make-up
zany
a buffoon in one of the old comedies; imitates others for ludicrous effect
Type of:
performer, performing artist
an entertainer who performs a dramatic or musical work for an audience

n an actor in a comedy

Types:
comedienne
a female actor in a comedy
Type of:
actor, histrion, player, role player, thespian
a theatrical performer

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