Hi Corey --
That's right about the gender distinction. What I'm raising is why
performers whom we do not think of as comics, but as a singer, might be
described as a "comedian" or "comedienne" on the label. For example, the
Victor label on the Bioswell Sisters' first recording made in New Orleans
describes them as "Comedians."
On Thu, Jan 28, 2021 at 1:34 PM Corey Bailey <[log in to unmask]>
> I've always thought that 'Comedian' referred to a male comic & that
> 'Comedienne' referred to a female comic. I could be wrong though....
> Be safe,
> Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
> On 1/28/2021 10:03 AM, Rob Bamberger 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
> > 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
> > primary materials?
> > Thanks for your comments.
> > Rob