A humorist is a writer or speaker who tells stories about funny situations or experiences. Mark Twain was a famous American humorist.

Being a humorist has a little in common with being a comedian, but they're not exactly the same. A humorist is a serious writer (or speaker) who uses humor to make a point or help readers see what's funny about specific situations or life in general. Comedians, on the other hand, are performers who tell jokes that are meant to make you burst out laughing immediately.

Definitions of humorist

n someone who acts speaks or writes in an amusing way

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Robert Charles Benchley
United States humorist (1889-1945)
Samuel Langhorne Clemens
United States writer and humorist best known for his novels about Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn (1835-1910)
Ringgold Wilmer Lardner
United States humorist and writer of satirical short stories (1885-1933)
Stephen Butler Leacock
Canadian economist best remembered for his humorous writings (1869-1944)
Edward Lear
British artist and writer of nonsense verse (1812-1888)
Donald Robert Perry Marquis
humorist who wrote about the imaginary life of cockroaches (1878-1937)
William Penn Adair Rogers
United States humorist remembered for his homespun commentary on politics and American society (1879-1935)
Henry Wheeler Shaw
United States humorist who wrote about rural life (1818-1885)
James Grover Thurber
United States humorist and cartoonist who published collections of essays and stories (1894-1961)
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lampooner, parodist
mimics literary or musical style for comic effect
someone overly fond of making puns
ironist, ridiculer, satirist
a humorist who uses ridicule and irony and sarcasm
card, wag, wit
a witty amusing person who makes jokes
someone who parodies in an exaggerated manner
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a person who tries to please or amuse

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