AskDefine | Define humorist

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humorist n : someone who acts speaks or writes in an amusing way [syn: humourist]

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Noun

  1. a person who writes or performs humorous material

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Extensive Definition

A humorist is a person who writes or performs humorous material. The material written and/or performed by humorists tends to be more subtle and cerebral than the material created by stand-up comedians and comedy writers. The intention is often to provoke wry smiles and amusement rather than outright belly laughs.

See also

humorist in Bulgarian: Списък на хумористи
humorist in Portuguese: Lista de humoristas

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