humorist

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
  1. noun
    someone who acts speaks or writes in an amusing way
    synonyms: humourist
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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
    punster
    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
    caricaturist
    someone who parodies in an exaggerated manner
    type of:
    entertainer
    a person who tries to please or amuse
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