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that member of a comedy team who serves as a foil for, and feeds lines to, the comedian delivering the quips and punchlines
The partner in a comedy team who feeds lines to the other comedian, who then makes witty replies.
(plural straight men)
- (idiomatic) A member of a team of comic performers who plays a supporting role by helping to set up jokes and punch lines through engaging in preparatory dialog with the principal comedian; a foil who plays such a role in theatrical comedy.
- For many years Bud Abbott served brilliantly as Lou Costello's deadpan straight man.