There is nothing like a genuinely amusing scene in a film or television program to lighten up the mood of the audience and have them rolling with laughter in their seats! That is exactly what comedians do. Comedians are professional performers who make people laugh by relating jokes, acting out funny scenes, or by behaving in a silly manner. Comedy is not an easy genre to work in—comedians need to be genuinely creative and possess a great sense of humour in order to be able to grab the audience’s attention and amuse them. Comedians need to reinvent themselves frequently and improvise their technique of performance so that the audience never gets bored of them. Successful comedy is as much about body language, facial expressions and timings and it is about the verbal content of the jokes. Comedians perform in a variety of comedic genres that range from wordplay and satire to blue or black comedy. The field of comedy is forever evolving with newer genres being developed with time. Many world famous comedians started out as street performers before moving on to the stage, radio, television or films. Most comedians however are unable to achieve the iconic statuses often accorded to leading television or film actors though they do successfully achieve devoted cult followings. What follows is a collection of the biographies, timelines, trivia and other information about the professional and personal lives of some of the world’s most famous comedians.
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