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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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
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My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands
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Celebrity Authors
316 books — 147 voters
Mastering Stand-Up by Stephen RosenfieldYes Please by Amy PoehlerI Am America by Stephen ColbertThe Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Book) by Jon   StewartBossypants by Tina Fey
Best Books Written By Comedians
99 books — 23 voters

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Funny girl memoirs
78 books — 90 voters
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David SedarisBossypants by Tina FeyDress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David SedarisNaked by David SedarisA Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Humorous Memoirs and Non-Fiction
840 books — 1,220 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
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

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