• WordNet 3.6
    • n comedian a professional performer who tells jokes and performs comical acts
    • n comedian an actor in a comedy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Comedian/actor Billy Crystal portrayed Jodie Dallas, the first openly gay main character on network television on ABC's Soap, which aired from 1977 to 1981.
    • Comedian A writer of comedy.
    • Comedian An actor or player in comedy. "The famous comedian , Roscius."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1992, Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon, better known to country music fans as singer/comedienne Minnie Pearl, was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President George Bush. In 1994, Minnie became the first woman to be inducted into the Comedy Hall of Fame. She was too frail and sick to attend the ceremony, and so good friend and comedian George Lindsey ("Goober") accepted the award for her. She died in 1996 at age 83.
    • n comedian One who acts or plays parts in a comic drama, whether male or female.
    • n comedian An actor or player generally.
    • n comedian A writer of comedy; a comic dramatist.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ellen DeGeneres was the first stand-up comedian Johnny Carson ever asked to sit on "The Tonight Show" guest couch during a first appearance.
    • ns Comedian one who acts or writes comedies: an actor:—fem. Comédienne′
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  • Will Rogers
    “Everything is changing. People are taking the comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.”
  • George Jean Nathan
    “The test of a real comedian is whether you laugh at him before he opens his mouth.”
  • Lenny Bruce
    “The role of a comedian is to make the audience laugh, at a minimum of once every fifteen seconds.”
  • Johann Georg Zimmermann
    Johann Georg Zimmermann
    “Comedians are not usually actors, but imitations of actors.”
  • Camille Paglia
    “Jesus was a brilliant Jewish stand-up comedian, a phenomenal improviser. His parables are great one-liners.”
  • Will Rogers
    “There is no credit to being a comedian, when you have the whole Government working for you. All you have to do is report the facts. I dont even have to exaggerate.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. comédien,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. kōmōdia, kōmos, revel, ōdē, song.


In literature:

Hodgkinson, Cooper, Fennell, Jefferson, Harwood, Bernard, Mrs. Morris, and Mrs. Hodgkinson, besides two or three admirable comedians.
"The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor" by Stephen Cullen Carpenter
The comedian in question was a very agile dancer and was also good-looking.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 150, March 1, 1916" by Various
This is the story of Midas, one of the chief tragic comedians of mythology.
"A Book of Myths" by Jean Lang
But then, being a glove manufacturer, he may have been kidding her, as the low comedian of our troupe observed.
"Pipefuls" by Christopher Morley
The drift of Goethe's contention is, in fact, the thesis of Diderot's Paradox on the Comedian.
"Diderot and the Encyclopædists" by John Morley
By W. E. Burton, Comedian.
"Helen and Arthur" by Caroline Lee Hentz
In short, Seng Vou was a comedian.
"Godfrey Morgan" by Jules Verne
I clapped my hands in applause of my excellent comedian.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 344, June, 1844" by Various
He wanted to make furniture, just as comedians always want to play Hamlet.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
If you are suicidal, you will throw the poison away, and you will not be the first man whose life has been saved by a low comedian.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke

In poetry:

My doctor, the comedian
I called you every time
and made you laugh yourself
when I wrote this silly rhyme…
"Cripples And Other Stories" by Anne Sexton

In news:

The word comedian may be on Eddie Izzard 's passport, but his live performances sometimes have a rock and roll feel to them.
Quirky British comedian and film star Eddie Izzard , regarded one of the foremost stand-up comics of this generation, will perform at the Mondavi Center at 8 pm Friday.
The company will debut "Meet The Izzards," a doc about comedian and actor Eddie Izzard , to buyers during the TV shindig.
Firmly in "boy mode," the actor and comedian takes on Mamet, chicken salad, and BP's critics.
Comedian Eddie Izzard admits he's beginning to feel the pace — and who can blame him after completing an incredible 24 marathons in 28 days.
If you check out Eddie Izzard 's Twitter feed, you'll be welcomed by an iPhone self-portrait of the 49-year-old actor-comedian looking trim and smooth-faced, sporting a smart goatee and dashing, plucked eyebrows.
The San Fernando Valley congressman fancies himself quite the comedian.
The comedian Gallagher is telling jokes after being taken out of a medically induced coma that doctors put him in following his heart attack last week in Texas.
Or maybe it tells us how good a comedian Fry really is that he can start a joke and let other people provide the punch line.
Is an editorial cartoonist foremost a journalist — or a comedian.
Comedian W Kamau Bell tells you what Obama is thinking.
The comedian's FX show, 'Totally Biased With W Kamau Bell,' delivers its take on the news in a less-strident voice.
People often assume the mother of comedian W.
The late-night talk show personalities spoke with reporters Saturday about a wide range of topics from changes to their series, controversial remarks from fellow comedians like Dane Cook and the Olympics.
In this series, we ask comedians to name the comedians they enjoy.

In science:

We expect top actors to be comedians from different countries.
Diversity in Ranking using Negative Reinforcement
We use Wikipedia Infobox, the informative summary box on the right side of a wiki page, and the ‘occupation’ property metadata, for example ‘Actor, comedian, director, screenwriter’.
User Taglines: Alternative Presentations of Expertise and Interest in Social Media
We use question Q3 to find out if users had misleading bio, for example, if a comedian writes ‘I’m president of US’.
User Taglines: Alternative Presentations of Expertise and Interest in Social Media
Interpreted output is like a comedian repeating the punch line, hoping for an extra laugh.
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