Steve -- The question was prompted by the label of Victor 19639, the
Boswell Sisters' first recording made in New Orleans. A listener saw a
picture of the label on YouTube and was puzzled at the sisters being
described as "Comedians." I wanted to provide a better-informed answer than
I could provide singly.
David, thanks for the citation to the book -- and my appreciation to all
for your input.
On Thu, Jan 28, 2021 at 2:30 PM Steven Smolian <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> As I recall, Miss Patricola was similarly identified. Rob, who else
> prompted this question?
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> I must not have been clear in my initial posting. I do understand the
> gender distinction. The question is why those terms were used to describe
> performers who were not comics, per se.
> On Thu, Jan 28, 2021 at 1:40 PM Roy Baugher <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > 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.
> > Roy Baugher
> > 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
> > > 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
> > >
> > > Is there a precise intention that has been written about, or discovered
> > in
> > > primary materials?
> > >
> > > Thanks for your comments.
> > >
> > > Rob
> > >
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