Comedian

A comedian or comic is a person who seeks to entertain an audience by making them laugh. This might be through jokes or amusing situations, or acting foolish (as in slapstick) or employing prop comedy. A comedian who addresses an audience directly is called a stand-up comedian.

A popular saying, variously quoted but generally attributed to Ed Wynn, is, "A comic says funny things; a comedian says things funny", which draws a distinction between how much of the comedy can be attributed to verbal content and how much to acting and persona.

Since the 1980s, a new wave of comedy, called alternative c
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Comedian Gone Wrong
Bossypants
Yes Please
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
Comedian Gone Wrong 2
The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Why Not Me?
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
Modern Romance
Last Words
Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood
My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands
American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot
Shopgirl by Steve MartinThe Liar by Stephen FryThe Humorist by Russell KaneWhatever Love Means by David BaddielOvertaken by Alexei Sayle
Fictional Books Written by Comedians
26 books — 3 voters
Bossypants by Tina FeyIs Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy KalingYes Please by Amy PoehlerThe Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy SchumerWhy Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
Funny girl memoirs
78 books — 90 voters

The Fry Chronicles by Stephen FryBournemouth Boys and Boscombe Girls by Danny WinterBossypants by Tina FeyNapalm & Silly Putty by George CarlinAmerica (The Book) by Jon   Stewart
Comedy Memoirs and More
29 books — 20 voters
Bossypants by Tina FeyIs Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy KalingYes Please by Amy PoehlerDad Is Fat by Jim GaffiganBorn a Crime by Trevor Noah
Books by Comics
182 books — 208 voters

I know what you did by Toni Marie CurryThe World According To Noddy by Noddy HolderOne Picture Two Hearts by Christy GossCurtain Seldom Up by Colin BowerBorn To Die by Lester Crabtree
Books Are Entertainment Too!
7 books — 1 voter
Bossypants by Tina FeyHollywood by Keegan AllenYes Please by Amy PoehlerSomeday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren GrahamThe Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
I am a celebrity let me write.
196 books — 23 voters


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