Second-banana meaning

Second banana is the sidekick to a funny person on a comedy team who is serious, in contrast to the funny person.

An example of second banana is Bill Murray in Kingpin.

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One, such as an assistant or deputy, who is subordinate to another.
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One who serves as the straight man opposite the leading comedian in a burlesque.
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A performer in show business, esp. burlesque, who plays a subordinate role, as straight man, to the top banana, or star comedian.
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Any person in a subordinate, often servile, position.
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(idiomatic) A comedian who plays a secondary or supporting role, especially as straight man and traditionally in vaudeville or burlesque theatre.

He grew disenchanted with playing second banana and never getting credit for the laughter.

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(idiomatic) A person who serves in a supporting, secondary, or subsidiary capacity; an assistant.

The plumber left his second banana behind, to finish installing my new sink.

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