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> On Jan 28, 2021, at 6:30 PM, Rob Bamberger <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 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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>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] What was meant by the use of the words...
>> 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]>
>>>> "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
>>>> Is there a precise intention that has been written about, or discovered
>>>> primary materials?
>>>> Thanks for your comments.
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