...is there a difference? Or are they one in the same?
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If I had to say there was a difference, it would be that a Comic is a stand up comedian and a comedian is someone who does comedy (sketch, writing, etc.)
ie. I could never call Paul Rudd a comic, but I don't think too many people who have any problem with me calling him a comedian.
(or maybe they would. Or maybe Paul Rudd has done stand up before, don't know)
Seems like one aspires to be more "artistic" than the other, at the end of the day, being funny is the only thing that matters.
Did you just say Comedy Practitioner?
I think you did.
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_____ say funny things, ____ say things funny
Men, Women, White People, Black People, Comedians, Comics, Dogs, Cats, Capulets, Montagues
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Garrett Gonzalez Morris (born February 1, 1937) is an American comedian and actor from New Orleans, Louisiana. He was part of the original cast of the sketch comedy program Saturday Night Live, appearing from 1975 to 1980
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I prefer to think of it as comedian vs. walrus. And even then, the question is what they're competing in. If it's catching and eating enormous quantities of fish, obviously walrus wins. If it's being funny on stage... well, I think a walrus on a stage is pretty funny at first, but I don't think you could laugh at it for 45 minutes.
In my opinion -- and it may be just my opinion...
A comic is part of a comedy team, paired with a straight man. Lou Costello was a comic.
A comedian works solo. Practitioners of stand-up comedy are comedians.
And then there are comedic actors -- they don't write their own material, but are adept at delivering comedic content written by others.
A comedian is a secondary midway point, and The Amazing Spiderman is a comic.
But seriously, for the most part, they're synonymous.
While stand-up comics/comedians use both interchangeably to describe their profession, it seems a bit weird to me to call a comic actor or writer a comedian (unless he/she also does/did stand-up).
Commodity vs. Comedy
Sometimes people sound like they are saying comedy but are actually saying commodity and vice versa. Generally these people have a stuttering problem or do not have a great grasp on the language. Unfortunately, at this time, there is no way to tell the difference.
I'm sure I'm in the minority here on this but I've always felt that a comic was either a strip or a book or an adjective and a comedian was someone who got onstage and made people laugh (or a comedy practitioner like all the cool kids say these days).
Ultimately though, you will not get laid any more by calling yourself a comedian instead of a comic.
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a comic will get you into the cool parties and introduce you to all of the people in the "in crowd"
A comedian will get you laid. You decide what works best for you and get back to me.
I had to laugh when I saw the title of this thread, because this seems like the stereotypical AST thread, debating the minutiae. (I never said that was a bad thing, by the way.)
A comedian is a surly son of a bitch who'll slap pregnant ladies' bellies and then exclaim "I guess he gots down syndrome now!", the baby in the belly, that's the comic.