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 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.
> Rob
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