Definitions for: Comic


[n] a magazine devoted to comic strips
[n] a professional performer who tells jokes and performs comic acts
[adj] arousing or provoking laughter; "an amusing film with a steady stream of pranks and pratfalls"; "an amusing fellow"; "a comic hat"; "a comical look of surprise"; "funny stories that made everybody laugh"; "a very funny writer"; "it would have been laughable if it hadn't hurt so much"; "a mirthful experience"; "risible courtroom antics"
[adj] (drama) of or relating to or characteristic of comedy; "comic hero"



Webster (1913) Definition: Com"ic, a. [L. comicus pertaining to comedy, Gr. ?: cf.
F. comique. See Comedy.]
1. Relating to comedy, as distinct from tragedy.

I can not for the stage a drama lay, Tragic or
comic, but thou writ'st the play. --B. Jonson.

2. Causing mirth; ludicrous. ``Comic shows.'' --Shak.


Com"ic, n.
A comedian. [Obs.] --Steele.

Synonyms: amusing, comedian, comic book, comical, funny, humorous, humourous, laughable, mirthful, risible

See Also: Alfred Hawthorne, Arthur Marx, Arthur Stanley Jefferson Laurel, Benny Hill, Bob Hope, buffoon, Burns, Buster Keaton, Chaplin, Charlie Chaplin, Chico, clown, comedienne, Dudley Moore, Dudley Stuart John Moore, Durante, Fields, gagman, George Burns, Groucho, Hardy, Harpo, Harry Lauder, Herbert Marx, Hill, Hope, Jimmy Durante, joker, jokester, Joseph Francis Keaton, Julius Marx, Keaton, Lauder, Laurel, Leonard Marx, Leslie Townes Hope, mag, magazine, Martin, Marx, merry andrew, Moore, Nathan Birnbaum, Oliver Hardy, performer, performing artist, Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, Sir Harry MacLennan Lauder, Stan Laurel, standup comedian, Steve Martin, top banana, W. C. Fields, William Claude Dukenfield, Zeppo

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Famous Quotes Containing Comic:


I don't make much distinction between being a stand-up comic and acting Shakespeare - in fact, unless you're a good comedian, you're never going to be able to play Hamlet properly.

-- Ian Mckellen (English Actor)

I could draw Bloom County with my nose and pay my cleaning lady to write it, and I'd bet I wouldn't lose 10% of my papers over the next twenty years. Such is the nature of comic-strips. Once established, their half-life is usually more than nuclear waste.

-- Berke Breathed (American Cartoonist)

The silent film has a lot of meanings. The first part of the film is comic. It represents the burlesque feel of those silent films. But I think that the second part of the film is full of tenderness and emotion.

-- Pedro Almodovar (Spanish Director)

Not being a comic book fan, being thrown into that and seeing the extreme - it's taken very seriously. So I tried to do as much learning as I could about it so I wasn't mean or anything.

-- Ashley Scott (American Actress)

The comic is the perception of the opposite; humor is the feeling of it.

-- Umberto Eco (Italian Novelist)

Most comic scriptwriters are very bad. The artists are good, but the writers are so bad.

-- Harry Harrison (American Author)

I see myself as a comic but the acting helps sell tickets for gigs.

-- Alan Davies (British Actor)

I really don't have a lot in common with the people who attend the Comic Con. It's like assuming that all people who write prose are the same.

-- Harvey Pekar (American Writer)

Dennis the Menace was probably the most realistic comic book ever done. No space aliens ever invaded!

-- Gilbert Hernandez (American Artist)

I was very sad to hear of the death of Ronnie Barker, who was such a warm, friendly and encouraging presence to have when I started in television. He was also a great comic actor to learn from.

-- John Cleese (English Actor)

The drawing and the crafting of the story are fun, but it's the overall meaning that matters to me. It might escape some people who just want to read a comic, and that's fine. The overall meaning is what matters.

-- Brian M. Bendis ( -)

The thing I thought about doing it was it's Comic Relief and you've got to be funny. So although I did try to sing properly it obviously has hilarious results when you can't sing.

-- Jo Brand (British Comedian)

My stories are very somber, so I think I need the comic ingredient. Besides, life has so much humor.

-- Manuel Puig (Argentinian Author)

There were influences in my life that were more important than journalism, such as comic strips and radio.

-- Guillermo Cabrera Infante (Cuban Novelist)

Movies and television shows based on comic books constitute the worst single genre in the history of filmed entertainment (with the exception of porn).

-- John Podhoretz (American Writer)

Maybe every other American movie shouldn't be based on a comic book. Other countries will think Americans live in an infantile fantasy land where reality is whatever we say it is and every problem can be solved with violence.

-- Bill Maher ( Comedian)

I don't consider myself a comic but a performer. A comic tells bad jokes.

-- Sandra Bernhard (American Actress)

Every comic is really a frustrated rock star.

-- Alex Borstein (American Actress)

Comic books were just the means for me to tell the story.

-- Michael Chabon (American Author)

I did not want to put myself on the line, as an Australian playing Britain's greatest comic actor. The fans of Sellers are obsessive, possessive - and aggressive. I did not want to risk their anger - or my own reputation.

-- Geoffrey Rush (Australian Actor)

Comic art is just different. It's art on its own terms.

-- Joe Simon ( -)

I thought they may have presumed too much knowledge of certain things for people who are not comedians. Like Montreal. A comic understands what it is and its importance, but someone else may not know about it.

-- Todd Barry (American -)

I think the people who would be the least interested in my work would be people who read lots of comic books.

-- Harvey Pekar (American Writer)

In the 1950s we use to feel that television was taking away our comic readership; with today's exciting, powerfully visual movies I have to wonder about their effect on the kids' loyalty to the comic book medium all over again.

-- Joe Simon ( -)

I never thought Cathy would get married in the comic strip. And I also thought I would never get married.

-- Cathy Guisewite (American Cartoonist)

Everything I've done is an old Marvel comic in its' own way.

-- Rob Walton (Canadian Athlete)

Then is when I decided to take it to Archie to see if they could do it as a comic book. I showed it to Richard Goldwater, and he showed it to his father, and a day or two later I got the OK to do it as a comic book.

-- Dan DeCarlo (American Cartoonist)

A lot of comic actors derive their main force from childish behavior. Most great comics are doing such silly things; you'd say, 'That's what a child would do.'

-- Gene Wilder (American Actor)

Woody is the guy who made me want to be a comic. I was in heaven and couldn't stop smiling because he was my idle and 29 years after seeing Take the Money and Run, I was working for him.

-- Jon Lovitz (American Actor)

I remember back when I was a kid there was a comic strip called Plastic Man. His body was elastic and he could make his extremities as long as he wanted. As a youngster I didn't fully appreciate. But I'm now thinking Plastic Man was probably pretty popular with the ladies.

-- Ben Affleck (American Actor)

Many of the artists who have represented Negro life have seen only the comic, ludicrous side of it, and have lacked sympathy with and appreciation for the warm big heart that dwells within such a rough exterior.

-- Henry Ossawa Tanner (American Artist)

Comic books and graphic novels are a great medium. It's incredibly underused.

-- Darren Aronofsky (American Director)

It's almost like these games are the modern day comic books, especially when you play Alone in the Dark. There's a real story that goes along with it and a movie seemed like the right kind of transition to make.

-- Christian Slater (American Actor)

I used to get a haircut every Saturday so I would never miss any of the comic books. I had practically no hair when I was a kid!

-- R. L. Stine (American Writer)

In my personal life, I'm a comic novel. But then, so are we all, because we're human beings.

-- Dean Koontz (American Author)


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