I think “comedian” is/was used as a male variant of the word, and
“comedienne” is/was used as the female variant of the word.
Similar to “actor” and “actress”.
Etymologists would know better about this subject than me.
On Thu, Jan 28, 2021 at 1:13 PM Rob Bamberger <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> "Comedian" and "Comedienne" as artist designations on record labels into
> the 1920s? It's a use of these words in a broader context than the
> conventional sense. Was it meant simply to identify someone as a "popular"
> rather than classical or "serious" artist? Is it meant to be associated
> with performers who might be seen in vaudeville or theater who had acts
> that combined some comic patter or exchange, followed by song (or dance).
> Is there a precise intention that has been written about, or discovered in
> primary materials?
> Thanks for your comments.
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