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A comedian, or comic, is a performer who entertains an audience by making them laugh. This might be through jokes or amusing situations, or acting the fool, as in slapstick, or employing prop comedy. A comedian who stands and addresses an audience directly is called a stand-up comic. This article is about the comedian. ... Comedian is a 2002 documentary focusing on Jerry Seinfeld that explores the other side of stand-up comedy; that is, the preparation, politics, nerves, creativity, and so on. ... A joke is a short story or ironic depiction of a situation communicated with the intent of being humorous. ... For other uses, see Slapstick (disambiguation). ... Prop comedy is a comedy genre that makes use of humorous objects, or conventional objects used in humorous ways. ... B. J. Novak in a stand-up comedy routine at Olde English sketch comedy in June 2007. ...


Since the mid-1980s, a new wave of comedy, called alternative comedy, has been gaining popularity with its offbeat style. This normally involves more experiential, or observational reporting, i.e. Andy Kaufman. The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Andrew Geoffrey Kaufman (January 17, 1949 – May 16, 1984) was an American entertainer, actor, and performance artist. ...


Formats of a comedian's show are flexible and often depend on the type of comedy. Some comedians like Brian Figarol and Jack Tzianabos speak about their own day to day lives, while others like Frank Skinner sing humorous songs. A comedy is a dramatic performance of a light and amusing character, usually with a happy conclusion to its plot. ... For other persons named Frank Skinner, see Frank Skinner (disambiguation). ...


As far as content is concerned, comedians such as Tommy Tiernan draw on their background to poke fun at themselves, while others such as Bill Maher and George Carlin have strong political and cultural undertones. Tommy Tiernan is an Irish comedian, actor and writer, born in 1970 in Navan in County Meath. ... William Maher, Jr. ... George Denis Patrick Carlin[15] (born May 12, 1937) is a Grammy-winning American stand-up comedian, actor, and author. ...


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 is made when they win a notable comedy prize, such as the now defunct Perrier Award. Comics typically survive by continuous touring and foray into other areas of entertainment, when they have become famous. These include television (such as with Drew Carey, Rowan Atkinson, Jack Benny, Burns & Allen, Bill Cosby, Ellen DeGeneres, Bill Maher, Jay Leno, Bob Newhart, Jerry Seinfeld, Roseanne Barr, Tim Allen, Ray Romano, Martin Lawrence, George Lopez and Dave Chappelle), films (such as with Woody Allen, Chris Rock, Abbott & Costello, Will Ferrell, Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Martin Short, Chevy Chase, Whoopi Goldberg, The Three Stooges, Janeane Garofalo, Goldie Hawn, Cedric the Entertainer,Jim Carrey, Rodney Dangerfield and Robin Williams), radio (such as with Dave Callan, Adam Carolla, Artie Lange, Burns & Allen, Jack Benny and Fred Allen) as well as the release of DVDs of live shows. This article does not discuss cultist groups, personality cults, or cult in its original sense of religious practice. See cult (disambiguation) for more meanings of the term cult. A cult following is a group of fans devoted to a specific area of pop culture. ... Just for Laughs (in French Juste Pour Rire) is a comedy festival held each July in Montreal, Quebec. ... Nickname: Motto: Concordia Salus (well-being through harmony) Coordinates: , Country Province Region Montréal Founded 1642 Established 1832 Government  - Mayor Gérald Tremblay Area [1][2][3]  - Total 365. ... A street performer on the Royal Mile, with volunteer (2004). ... The Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) is held each April in a number of venues across Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ... The Perrier Comedy Award is a prestigious award for comedy, awarded to the best comedy show at the Edinburgh Fringe festival. ... Drew Allison Carey (born May 23, 1958) is an American comedian and actor. ... Rowan Sebastian Atkinson (born 6 January 1955) is an English comedian, actor and writer, famous for his title roles in the British television comedies Blackadder and Mr. ... Jack Benny (February 14, 1894 in Chicago, Illinois – December 26, 1974 in Beverly Hills, California), born Benjamin Kubelsky, was an American comedian, vaudeville performer, and radio, television, and film actor. ... George Burns & Gracie Allen Burns and Allen were an American comedy duo consisting of George Burns and his wife, Gracie Allen. ... William Henry Bill Cosby, Jr. ... Ellen Lee DeGeneres (born January 26, 1958) is an American stand-up comedian, actress, and currently the Emmy Award-winning host of the syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show. ... William Maher, Jr. ... Jay Leno (born April 28, 1950) is an Emmy-winning American comedian and writer who is best known as the current host of NBC televisions long-running variety and talk program The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. ... George Robert Bob Newhart (born September 5, 1929 in Oak Park, Illinois) is an American stand-up comedian and actor. ... This article is about the comedian. ... This article is about the actress. ... Tim Allen (born June 13, 1953) is an American comedian, character actor, voice-over artist, and entertainer perhaps best known for his role in the sitcom Home Improvement and his roles in Disney films, such as The Santa Clause and Toy Story. ... Raymond Romano (born December 21, 1957 in Queens, New York) is an Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated, American actor and comedian best known for his starring role on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. ... Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence (born April 16, 1965, in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany) is an American actor, comedian, director and producer. ... George C. Lopez (born April 23, 1961) is an American comedian and actor. ... David Khari Webber Chappelle (born August 24, 1973) is an American stand-up comedian, satirist and actor. ... Woody Allen (born Allen Stewart Königsberg on December 1, 1935) is a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director, writer, actor, jazz musician, comedian, and playwright. ... Christopher Julius Rock III[5] (born February 7, 1965)[6][7] is an American comedian, actor, screenwriter, television producer, film producer and director. ... Abbott and Costello is the name of a legendary American comedy duo made up of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. ... John William Will Ferrell (born July 16, 1967[1]) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated American comedian, actor and writer who first established himself as a cast member of Saturday Night Live, and has since gone on to a successful film career. ... William James Bill Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an Academy Award-nominated, Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-winning American comedian and actor. ... Edward Eddie Regan Murphy (born April 3, 1961) is an Academy Award nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning American actor and comedian. ... Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III (December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005) was an American comedian, actor, and writer. ... George Denis Patrick Carlin[15] (born May 12, 1937) is a Grammy-winning American stand-up comedian, actor, and author. ... Martin Hayter Short, CM (born March 26, 1950) is a Canadian/American comedian, actor, writer, and producer. ... For other uses, see Chevy Chase (disambiguation). ... Whoopi Goldberg (born November 13, 1955) is an American actress, comedian, radio presenter, host, and author. ... The Three Stooges was an American comedy act in the 20th century. ... Janeane Garofalo (born September 28, 1964) is an American stand-up comedian, actress, political activist, writer and former co-host on Air America Radios The Majority Report. ... Goldie Jeanne Hawn (born November 21, 1945) is an Academy Award-winning American actress, director and producer. ... Cedric the Entertainer (born Cedric Antonio Kyles on April 24, 1964) is an American actor and comedian. ... James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a two-time Golden Globe Award-winning Canadian-American A-list film actor and comedian. ... Rodney Dangerfield (November 22, 1921 – October 5, 2004), born Jacob Cohen, was an American comedian and actor, best known for the catchphrase I dont get no respect and his monologues on that theme. ... For other persons named Robin Williams, see Robin Williams (disambiguation). ... Dave Callan (born 1975 in Dundalk, Ireland) is a comedian based in Melbourne, Australia. ... Adam Carolla (born May 27, 1964) is an American comedian, comedy writer, radio personality, television personality and actor. ... Arthur Steven Lange, Jr. ... George Burns & Gracie Allen Burns and Allen were an American comedy duo consisting of George Burns and his wife, Gracie Allen. ... Jack Benny (February 14, 1894 in Chicago, Illinois – December 26, 1974 in Beverly Hills, California), born Benjamin Kubelsky, was an American comedian, vaudeville performer, and radio, television, and film actor. ... He has eyes like Venetian blinds and a tongue like an adder — radio/television critic John Crosby about humourist Fred Allen, portrayed here by caricaturist Al Hirschfeld. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ...

Comedy may be divided into multiple genres based on the source of humour, the method of delivery, and the context in which it is delivered. ... A comedian is one who entertains through comedy, such as jokes and other forms of humour. ... For other uses, see Humour (disambiguation). ... A comedy is a dramatic performance of a light and amusing character, usually with a happy conclusion to its plot. ... Look up humorist in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This list is limited to comedians who also played an instrument onstage. ...

External links

  • A collection of interviews with stand-up comedians

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Comedian - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (674 words)
A comedian who stands and addresses an audience directly is called a stand-up comedian.
Famous comedians often overstep the mark of what the public perceive as acceptable, such as the remarks made by Billy Connolly about the killing of Ken Bigley.
As far as content is concerned, comedians such as Tommy Tiernan draw on their background to poke fun at themselves, while others such as Bill Hicks have strong political and cultural undertones.
The Comedian's Comedian - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (125 words)
The Comedians' Comedian was a three-hour programme broadcast on UK's Channel 4 on January 1, 2005.
The show listed the top fifty comedians of all time, as voted for by fellow comedians and business insiders, rather than the general public.
Among the comedians were three double acts (making a total of 53 comedians), three members of Monty Python, 33 British comedians, 18 Americans, one Irishman, and one Canadian; 48 men, and five women.
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