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 get mad when people call me an action movie star. Indiana Jones is an adventure film, a comic book, a fantasy.

-- Harrison Ford (American Actor)

NBC anchor Brian Williams is a standup comic in disguise.

-- Leonard Maltin (American Critic)

No, I'm not a comic book guy. I'm pretty fascinated with the subculture though and I do think that the world of comic books is such a natural transition into film.

-- Donal Logue (Canadian Actor)

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

-- Cathy Guisewite (American Cartoonist)

The people that are running the bulk of the comic shops in North America aren't business people and they don't understand sales. They don't understand good product.

-- Rob Walton (Canadian Athlete)

George W Bush is like a bad comic working the crowd, a moron, if you'll pardon the expression.

-- Martin Sheen (American Actor)

Mostly, I was only interested in television as a kid, and the majority of reading material I collected was an adjunct to that central concern, comic books and magazines included.

-- Chris Ware (American Artist)

To paint comic books as childish and illiterate is lazy. A lot of comic books are very literate - unlike most films.

-- Alan Moore (British Writer)

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 -)

As a brunette, I had previously been this serious actress. Then I became a blonde and got to play a completely different, comic role.

-- Loni Anderson (American Actress)

If you'd rather go to the football game than read a comic, that's fine. I'd rather do both.

-- Rob Walton (Canadian Athlete)

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

-- Joe Simon ( -)

You can give some kind of spark of life to a comic that a photograph doesn't really have. A photograph, even if it's connecting with you, it seems very dead on the page sometimes.

-- Daniel Clowes (American Author)

Most films are rooted in a book or a comic strip, but I don't go out there saying I want to do adaptations.

-- Ralph Fiennes (British Actor)

The third biggest comic people in America want to make a comic book out of me. It's unbelievable.

-- Mark Roberts (American Actor)

You can't be a proper comic unless you've been out on stage and felt the fear.

-- Johnny Vegas (British Comedian)

Mike gets to play four roles this time, if we ever did it again, he will play my role as well. He is a comic genius, everyone wants to be in this movie, let's hope that everyone will wish to see it as well.

-- Michael York (British Actor)

I say, if you believe what you read in the comic strips, then you believe that mice run around with little gold buttons on their red pants and drive cars.

-- Mort Walker (American Artist)

You can (be a middle-aged comic) if you work very hard at it, because comedy is really hard.

-- Andrew Denton (Australian Comedian)

Wouldn't want to write the X-Men, and I suppose the X-Men is the ultimate Marvel comic, and I really wouldn't want to go anywhere near it at all, although on the other had I wouldn't mind having a crack at something like the Punisher.

-- Garth Ennis (Irish Writer)

Frank's audience doesn't care if a girl singer, a comic or an organ grinder with a monkey opens the show. They are there to see HIM.

-- Nancy Sinatra (American Musician)

Kafka is still unrecognized. He thought he was a comic writer.

-- Leslie Fiedler (American Critic)

But you don't hire Ang Lee to do a typical children's movie. But it's such an interesting combination, whoever thought of getting Ang together with a comic book, that was just great.

-- Dennis Muren (American Artist)

The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind.

-- H. P. Lovecraft ( Novelist)

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

-- Darren Aronofsky (American Director)

I really never had any ambitions to be a standup comic. I was talked into it by guys that I used to work out with.

-- Joe Rogan (American Comedian)

At this very moment I'm behind on a compilation that Slave Labor is doing for Free Comic Book Day.

-- Jhonen Vasquez (American Cartoonist)

I'm a schoolteacher. That's even worse than being an intellectual. Schoolteachers are not only comic, they're often cold and hungry in this richest land on earth.

-- Joseph L. Mankiewicz (American Writer)

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)

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)

It works in the comic book, but as the audiences have gotten older and more sophisticated, I think the stories need to grow up with them. This is a story about a couple of rival gangs and what goes wrong in a couple of days.

-- Todd McFarlane (Canadian Artist)

I'm the biggest nerd - I love comic books and stuff like that! I don't have any friends who are actresses. I only had one girlfriend when I was growing up. Most of my friends were boys. I was such a tomboy. I enjoyed doing guy things.

-- Megan Fox (American Actress)

I like the idea of making big budget films with a heart. I like graphic novels more than comic books.

-- Matthew Vaughn (American Producer)

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)


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